Update: 2:32PM THE Warriors made it three from three in their pool games at the Auckland Nines by defeating the Cowboys 28-23 at Eden Park today.
With the stadium pumping, the Warriors drew first blood when Sebastine Ikahihifo scored a bonus point try before Kyle Feldt responded for the Cowboys almost straight away.
However, the Warriors couldn't be kept down for long and Carlos Tuimavave scored a scorching 40m try in the sixth minute.
Antonio Winterstein scored the on other side of a Ngani Laumape try and although Shaun Johnson missed conversion, the home side had already amassed 15 points to the Cowboys' eight by the break.
Ikahihifo picked up his second try early in the second half before the Cowboys showed some fight with Kane Linnett and Zac Santo both scored to reduce the deficit to two points at 21-19.
Johnson again stepped up and scored a converted five-point try to render Winterstein's final try meaningless.
"They really gave it to us out there and a few of our boys stood up in the end and we got the win," Tuimavave afterwards afterwards.
"Defence is going to win us games, so that's something we really need to improve on."
Tuimavave has been known more as a creator than a finisher but, playing on the wing at Eden Park, he's been able to show his full array of skills.
"There's a lot more space and freedom [in nines]," he said.
"The coach has given us that freedom to go out there and play footy."