Album: Rnd 9 : Warriors vs Broncos Preview!
NZ Warriors vs Broncos<br /> Mt Smart Stadium <br /> Saturday 5th May, 7:30pm<br /> <br /> Darren Lockyer, Darren Lockyer, Darren Lockyer. That’s about all I remember from the last time the Warriors played the Broncos. The first week of the finals in 2011 resulted in the Warriors being handed a good old fashioned hiding by a Lockyer-led Broncos juggernaut in front of a packed Suncorp. That Broncos run was only halted by a cheekbone injury and an equally rampant Manly side.<br /> <br /> Despite the much-feared ‘post-Lockyer era’, the young Broncos charges have started 2012 like seasoned veterans, with 7 wins from 8 games and sitting pretty at 2nd on the table before a possible momentum halting Origin period. By contrast, the Warriors have struggled with their start to the season, clocking 3 wins and 5 losses.<br /> <br /> The lack of depth at centre and resulting weak fringe defence is again the Achilles’ heel of the Warriors. On a more positive note, rookie centre Ben Henry continues to improve each week despite looking horribly out of depth in his first few outings. The Warriors have also used no less than 4 different fullbacks in 8 rounds, which is again cause for considerable alarm amongst supporters. This trend looks set to continue with Kevin Locke sidelined for 3-4 weeks with a sternum injury. <br /> <br /> Recent form: The Broncos cruised to victory over the Titans last week to make it 6 on the trot, while the Warriors felt they let the Storm off the hook down in Melbourne. Despite the eventual scoreline, the Warriors were very much in the contest for 60 minutes and showed signs that they are nearing the sort of form that most of us expect. Godinet showed promise in attack, though succeeded only in patting Chambers on the back as he steam-rolled the God for an easy hat-trick. Ben Matulino and Russell Packer stepped up to lead the forwards in a dominant display and the Warriors will be hoping they can continue that, in particular Matulino – who has cemented his role as the club’s top prop.<br /> <br /> Players to watch: