The sun was out, the Royal New Zealand Navy Band were playing and Our Rightful Home was abuzz with a sense of excitement and occasion. The Holden and NSW cup sides had played their part, romping to easy victories, and there was a general feeling around the ground that, of all days, this was to be a day to enjoy. When the Titans hung off David Fusitu’a after just two minutes, it was all going as scripted.
No matter what happens during the match, Saturday will be a special day — you can at least count on that. The Warriors get their first chance to host an Anzac Day fixture, on the most momentous occasion to date, and in what will be the opening match of a five-game marathon of rugby league. There’ll be an official Anzac Day ceremony, including The Last Post and a moment of silence — Lest We Forget — in recognition of the 100-year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.