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Sport Stephen Kearney ranks Dragons win alongside Warriors' most significant victories

08:15  31 may  2020
08:15  31 may  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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The Warriors have their first win of the 2020 NRL campaign. "That's what I was most pleased about, they worked really hard prior to the game today, worked really hard during the The Warriors were outsiders heading into the match, but they stood up and held the Dragons scoreless, the first time

Stephen Kearney said he expected there to have been lots of Warriors fans in New Zealand who watched their win over the Dragons . For the NRL ladder, this victory is just worth two points, but with everything the club has gone through, this win counts for a lot more and gives a great indication

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Warriors coach Stephen Kearney ranks his side's emotional victory over the Dragons on Saturday as one of the club's most significant.

Kearney's side were forced to relocate to Australia to enable the NRL competition to resume this weekend, and have endured a tough month of training between Tamworth and Gosford while their families remain in New Zealand.

It lead many to believe the Warriors would struggle to perform once play resumed, but that was far from the case on Saturday in the side's immaculate 18-0 win over the hapless Dragons at Central Coast Stadium.

GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Stephen Kearney speaks the media at the post match press conference after the round three NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Central Coast Stadium on May 30, 2020 in Gosford, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images) © Getty GOSFORD, AUSTRALIA - MAY 30: Stephen Kearney speaks the media at the post match press conference after the round three NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the St George Illawarra Dragons at Central Coast Stadium on May 30, 2020 in Gosford, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

It was an inspiring performance from Kearney's side, who completed a record-breaking 46 from 48 sets and always looked in control in what was their first win of the season.

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Stephen Kearney said the win over the Dragons ranked up with his best nights in the NRL. The 20-12 victory over the previously undefeated Dragons , was without doubt the most impressive of the Warriors ' six victories this season and Kearney claimed it as one of most memorable nights in his

Stephen Kearney 's side are finally ready to go and are hoping to bounce back from two straight losses before the season was suspended. The Dragons have also struggled with two losses in a row and sit only two places above the Warriors in the NRL ladder at 13th. Kickoff: 5pm on Saturday 30 May at

The Warriors have enjoyed some thrilling wins in their short history, but Kearney admits yesterday's was up there with the most memorable.

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"It was a real special performance from the boys and the footy club after what we've endured over the last couple of months especially," Kearney told Nine's Sunday Footy Show.

"I really think it was up there in terms of a club performance. Not only the boys that are here, we've got a footy club still operating back home and all our fans back home it would've been a number of people watching.

"We spoke about it before the game, and it was one thing to talk about it, but to go out there and perform the way we did I was super proud of them."

Further weighing against the Warriors going into the restarted season was the injury crisis the club finds itself in.

They lost front-rowers Leeson Ah Mau and Jazz Tevaga over the past fortnight to long-term injuries sustained at training, while utility back Adam Keighran has also been sidelined with a knee injury.

The trio join Bunty Afoa and Jackson Frei in the casualty ward, leaving the club no other choice but to plead with the NRL for special dispensation that would enable them to borrow players from other clubs.

Through the newfound loan system, Kearney has been able to acquire Roosters young prop Poasa Faamausili on a month-long deal. while the Warriors also signed young Raiders forward Jack Murchie, who was strong off the bench in the win over the Dragons.

Kearney said the assistance from the NRL has been remarkable, and also commended the Roosters and coach Trent Robinson for their assistance.

"The NRL were really good about it [approving player loans], the Roosters were wonderful about it," he said.

"Trent was wonderful and at the time they hadn't won a game either, so to give a player of his quality up says a lot about Trent and their footy club."

Dragons re-sign debutant Adam Clune until 2022, turn down young star Jason Saab's release request .
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