Warriors stung by old boy Lolohea
The New Zealand Warriors' dismal season had one final indignity when they lost 28-16 to Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval.
It was the Auckland club's ninth consecutive defeat, setting a new and unwanted record, and to rub salt into their wounds a key man for the Tigers was Tui Lolohea, who they allowed to leave earlier in the season.
Lolohea scored a try, set up a couple more and went four from five with his goal kicks against his old team.
Ivan Cleary's side ended their own season in positive fashion, with a night to remember for departing duo Aaron Woods and James Tedesco.
Woods had 217 metres, 37 tackles and five offloads while Tedesco ran for 221 metres, had six tackle breaks and claimed a try assist.
The home side dominated the first half, Kevin Naiqama's ninth-minute try setting them on their way.
Esan Marsters then went over from a lovely pass from Lolohea, and the former Warriors man finished off a scintillating length-of-the-field movement by scoring the third try.
Just before the break Solomone Kata burrowed out of dummy-half to get the Warriors on the board and narrow the gap to 10 points.
Brooks and Naiqama combined to extend the lead eight minutes into the second stanza, though the Warriors soon replied as departing back-rower Ryan Hoffman popped a perfect ball on the inside to a flying Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
The Tigers made the game safe seven minutes from time, when David Nofoaluma touched down out wide.
A late consolation try to Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad gave the Warriors the final word.
Meanwhile, defending premiers Cronulla are 7/20 to win their elimination final against North Queensland, who are 47/20.
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