THE New Zealand Warriors ensured there was no hangover from last week's breakthrough in Perth as they made it two from two to start the NRL season.
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The Warriors turned on the style at times to overpower Kiama product Mitch Rein and his Gold Coast Titans 20-8, in front of 14,000 fans at Mt Smart.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck continued his hot start to 2018, scoring a try, saving another and running for almost 200m.
David Fusitu'a also starred with another double, while the team's goal-line defence held strong until a late consolation try to Titans winger Anthony Don.
With 10 errors and a completion rate of under 70 per cent, the Warriors were by no means perfect.
But when their attack was on, it felt like 2002 all over again as they carved up the Titans defence with 24 offloads in the four-try victory.
However, there was concern for young back-rower Isaiah Papali'i, who left the field after just eight minutes due to a medial ligament injury.
The Warriors have never had trouble beating the Titans – Saturday's victory was the Auckland club's 14th from the last 15 meetings.
And to make matters worse for the visitors, they lost star halfback Ash Taylor on the eve of the match.
But the performance at least provided a good indication of how Stephen Kearney's new-look side would handle expectation after last week's upset win over the Rabbitohs.
The Warriors made a sluggish start with the ball and back-to-back penalties saw the Titans take an 2-nil lead.
The visitors applied most of the early pressure having two tries disallowed by the bunker, the second courtesy of Tuivasa-Sheck, who continued his try-saving form from last week.
A moment of class from Tohu Harris then swung the momentum the Warriors' the way.
The big back-rower popped the perfect short ball to Peta Hiku who, having cost Fusitu'a an earlier try with a poor pass, made no mistake this time to put the flying winger away.
While the offloads didn't always stick, the Warriors played with a clear intent to move the ball.
And they weren't afraid to chance their arm on the last tackle, Tuivasa-Sheck exposing some lazy defence to score under the posts off a well-timed inside ball from Blake Green.
The Warriors enjoyed all the running during the back-end of the second half but the Titans were by no means out of it.
Both teams had their chances in the opening 20 minutes of the second half only to be let down by mistakes, while Gold Coast had another try ruled out for obstruction.
The very next set the Warriors marched up the field on the back of a penalty.
And it was that man Tuivasa-Sheck who skipped down the left before putting Solomone Kata through a gap to all but seal the result.
Fusitu'a made doubly sure in the 74th-minute, soaring over Philip Sami to pluck a Shaun Johnson bomb out of the air.
With back-to-back wins to open a campaign for the first time since 2009, the Warriors now face a step up next week as they make the tough trip to Canberra.
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