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Report | NRLW Game One

The New Zealand Warriors have claimed victory in the opening match with a 13-8 defeat of the Sydney Roosters.

NRLW Highlights | Warriors v Roosters

While the Warriors drew first blood, a spirited run from Zahara Temara in the minutes to follow saw a back and forth contest in the first match of the day.

Trailing 6-4 at the break, the Roosters grabbed their first lead with Kiana Takairangi’s try in the opening minute of the second half and were within touching distance of victory when Shontelle Stowers sprinted 70m for an intercept try under the posts to give the Warriors the win.

The Warriors were first on the scoreboard with Huia Harding’s converted try before Zahara Temara crossed for the Roosters two minutes from half-time.

The Warriors had to play in the men’s jerseys and without socks after the gear bag was left at the team hotel.