An impressive Warriors outfit has handed the Sea Eagles their first defeat of the tournament, producing a second half display simply too hard contain.
In front of almost 50,000 NRL fans, the Warriors were given a warm reception onto Eden Park as they prepared for battle.
The Sea Eagles, who were given little chance before the match, exploded out of the blocks and even drew first blood through some nice work by Tony Satini and a determined James Hasson.
But that would be the last of the celebrations as the hosts put the foot on throttle to blow their opposition off the park.
Kata Solomon scored on the stroke of half time, and despite leading at the break, the Sea Eagles were unable to hold out the Warriors.
A controversial decision to award Warriors outside back Dominic Peyroux a try handed the hosts the lead, despite protests by the Sea Eagles camp he was help up.
It was all one-way traffic following the contentious decision. The Warriors went back-to-back through David Fusitu’a and Shaun Johnson to all but seal victory.
They managed to score one more try through Tui Lolohea as they ran away 27-4 winners.
After today’s results, the Sea Eagles will need the Cowboys lose to the Warriors and then defeat the Raiders in their only match tomorrow.