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It isn’t quite like the big time US sports where players get traded at a moment’s notice but here are five trades that would make sense from a Warriors perspective. Konrad Hurrell for Ricky Leutele (Sharks) Both players are a similar age and would command a similar salary. At his best Konrad Hurrell is a luxury. He’s a bulldozer who can run over the top of opponents but offers very little else. Admittedly he is pretty good at running over people and has the ability to break games open...
It is too easy to get caught up in the emotion of how badly the Warriors are playing right now and demand wholesale change. Saturday night’s loss to the Cowboys at Mt Smart Stadium was one of the worst performances in the club’s history – and there have been a few candidates – but it would be over the top to start sacking coaches and captains and having a mass clean out. No-one would deem the display against the Cowboys or their performances over the past month or so acceptable but you...
While things haven’t gone to plan on the field this NRL season for the Warriors they have raised the bar in terms of their conduct on and off the pitch. In an era where arguing with the ref has become commonplace and pushing blame onto officiating after losses the default reaction by most clubs, the Warriors have fronted up. Of course that won’t be of much consolation to a fan base still waiting for a maiden premiership but it will at least help set the bar higher for the code. The...
Should Broncos skipper Justin Hodges have missed this weekend’s grand final after that grade 1 dangerous throw charge on Aiden Guerra? If the NRL was consistent then yes of course he should have missed a game. Would that punishment have been fair though? No way was that indiscretion worthy of missing a grand final. In a way the judiciary got the right outcome but try telling Steve Roach or Issac Luke that – those guys missed grand finals in a similar way Hodges could have. The time has...
The Wests Tigers are making the right decision in trying to offload Robbie Farah. Their way of publicly handling that situation has been piss poor however. Farah, at the age of 31, is heading towards the twilight of his career. If his 2015 form is anything to go by, he may well have hit the twilight zone already. He also is one of the few remaining players that were at the club in more successful times, which is not always a good thing for a club in rebuild mode like the Tigers. By all...
Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has “forgiven” his NRL side for their 28-12 loss to the lowly Gold Coast Titans on Sunday. Why? Because their season had been “stolen” from them by officials last week. What a pathetic excuse for a first grade coach you have turned out to be Ricky. Your team lost last week, not thanks to poor officiating but because they weren’t anywhere near good enough in closing out the match with a 10 point lead and less than 10 minutes left on the clock. Former test and...
No-one has quite figured out what it is about State of Origin that makes it work – it just does. Not only do footy fans from NSW and Queensland act parochial to a sickening level during the middle of each year but the fever has caught on around the remaining Australian states, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and further afield. The Origin concept works for whatever reason but much of it has to do with the battle lines – there is a natural rivalry before a ball is kicked in anger. Much...
Match reports from Auckland Rugby League Premiership matches played on May 11. Rd 6 SAS Fox Memorial Premiership Qualifiers Howick 22 Pt Chevalier 20 Howick picked up their fifth win of the year on Saturday, but had to survive a late scare from the Pt Chevalier Pirates. The Hornets led 22-8 with three minutes to go, before the Pirates struck twice to draw within two. Carlos Hotene scored a double for Howick, while forward Nick Wilson was strong off the bench. Papakura 10 Mt Albert 32...
The time is finally upon us, in a mere few days the NRL season will begin, and I cannot wait until round one. It also means that it’s time for me to give my thoughts on how I see the Warriors faring in their 2019 campaign. As I did last year, I will be breaking down my preview into sections outlining my views on the preseason and trial results, key signings, the 2019 squad, my gameday 17, the team's strengths and weaknesses and then finalising it all with my 2019 prediction. As always, these...
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