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After an impressive showing against the North Queensland Cowboys, the New Zealand Warriors hosted the Brisbane Broncos in Round 6. The Warriors were looking for their sixth consecutive win of the year while the Broncos were looking at breaking a two-game losing streak. Unfortunately for the 16,636 fans in attendance, the Broncos came out on top with a 27-18 victory. It was Old Boys day at Mount Smart on Saturday with a lot of the Warriors former players returning to the stadium, and in...
After two weeks playing away, the Warriors finally returned home to a sold out Mount Smart Stadium with an impressive 4-0 record to face a North Queensland Cowboys desperate to return to the winner's circle. This was not to be as the Warriors welcomed back club hero Simon Mannering with a 22-12 victory to go 5-0 for the season. It's hard for me to describe what it was like to be sitting in a sold-out crowd at Mount Smart once again and I really hope it continues. Having a doubleheader...
David Kidwell will not re-apply for the Kiwis’ head coaching job. “The tough lessons are the ones you learn the most from – and I’ve had a lifetime’s worth of tough lessons over the past year or so,” Kidwell said. “With the shakeup of the Kiwis’ set up, that is bound to follow from the review of our World Cup campaign, if I were to continue as coach I’m sure I would be better positioned to make a positive contribution to the success of the team going forward. “I believe the review of our...
After last weeks breathtaking come from behind victory over the Raiders, the Warriors ventured to Sydney to face premier contenders the Sydney Roosters. With Sam Lisone, James Gavet and Shaun Johnson out for this matchup, many (including myself) had doubts that the Warriors would be able to go 4-0. But the Warriors did not allow self-doubt to come into play, and they made easy work of the Roosters winning 30-6. The Warriors could be the real deal in 2018, they have struggled in the past...
After their 2-0 season start the Nz Warriors ventured to the Australian Capital to face the 0-2 Canberra Raiders. The Warriors have never started a season 3-0 and very seldom taste victory in Canberra but this is no longer the Warriors of old, and they created a breathtaking come from behind victory to win 20-19. Wow, this was indeed a heart in mouth game to witness. My emotions were all over the place, but unlike 2017 I had the belief that the Warriors could come from behind and get...
After their first-ever win in Perth, the Warriors made the journey home to Mount Smart Stadium for the first time in 2018 to face the Gold Coast Titans. Buoyed by their first-round performance and their impressive record against the Titans the Warriors came into round two as heavy favourites and followed through never looking in danger with a resounding 20-8 victory. The Warriors continued from where they left off in round one, and it is hard to deny that it wasn't exciting to watch them...
The Vodafone Warriors made the long journey to Perth to kick off their 2018 campaign. A long history of disappointment plagued the Warriors in Western Australia, and many predicted this misery would continue as the Warriors faced the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round One. However, this was not to be as the Warriors, looking a completely different side to the Woeful Warriors of 2017 started their season off strong with a 32-20 victory. What a way to start the season, saying that the...
While their strong opening round performance dominated the headlines, much of the talk following the Warriors’ victory over the Rabbitohs focussed on their unique post-try huddle. The huddle, and the unified breathing routine which took place inside it, was caught on television cameras on a number of occasions in Round 1, prompting reaction from the commentary team during the 32-20 win in Perth. This week Warriors winger David Fusitua confirmed it’s a trick which was recommended to them...
It feels like an age since I’ve written about the Warriors but finally the NRL Season is upon us and I cannot wait for Round One. This time of year also means its time for me to give my thoughts on how the Warriors will fare in their 2018 campaign. As I did last year, I will be breaking my preview into sections outlining my views on the preseason news and trial results, new signings, the 2018 squad, my game day 17, the team's strengths and weaknesses and then finalising it all with my 2018...
New Zealand Warriors hooker Nathaniel Roache is booked for surgery on a lumbar disc injury next week which is set to sideline him for the 2018 NRL season. The 21-year-old Roache, the club’s 2016 Vodafone NRL Rookie of the Year, suffered the setback after returning from a ruptured Achilles tendon injury which ended his 2017 season in August last year. “It’s really sad for Nate and we’re all feeling for him,” said Vodafone Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney. “He’s a wonderful young man...
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