There is nothing quite like the old days, so sit back and take a look as kiwileaguecentral.com checks out this week in Warriors history.
Stacey and Hitro star in thriller – 1995
Oh Hitro Okesene, long hair everywhere, hitting players like you just don’t care.
Is there a single person who didn’t enjoy watching Hitro in his heyday? The mullet, the menacing carries of the ball. A true cult hero of the Warriors.
Back in Round 10 of season 1995, he combined with a future club legend named Stacey Jones to secure a thrilling late victory over the Cronulla Sharks.
Kiwi international winger Sean Hoppe had scored his second try of the game to even scores at 18-18, and the contest sat finely in the balance as the final minutes approached.
Lock Logan Edwards showed up big time, laying on a number of key passes, while Richie Blackmore made a damaging run to finish a set 10 metres out from the posts.
Up stepped 19-year-old Jones, taking a scruffy dummy-half pass around his ankles and potting the go-ahead field goal.
Commentator Peter Sterling noted at the time “Jones has done everything in this game, he has been outstanding for them.”
A repeat set followed. Warriors winger John Kirwan knocked on, then the Sharks dropped it, before Stephen Kearney put Okesene through for a roll-over try, the first of his career in the big time.
That made it 23-18 and finished a thrilling game played at Caltex Field in Sydney.
Playing for the Sharkies that day was another fine carrier of the mullet – Tawera Nikau – while fellow Kiwi Richie Barnett lined up on the wing.
Watch the game here.
Main photo: photosport.nz.