General 2016 Warriors NSW Cup Reserve Grade

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Five straight in ISP
Richard Becht
Sun 22nd May, 04:15PM
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Tomas Aoake added to his reputation as a prolific try-scorer with a hat-trick in the Vodafone Warriors' ISP win over Manly on Sunday. Image | www.photosport.nz

Tomas Aoake’s first half hat-trick has helped the Vodafone Warriors to a fifth straight win as well as reclaiming second spot on the Intrust Super Premiership points table today.

They had banked consecutive wins over North Sydney, Newcastle, Canterbury-Bankstown and Penrith in their previous four outings and were widely favoured to add 10th-placed Manly to the winning streak in today’s 11th-round encounter at Mount Smart Stadium #2.

Ultimately the Vodafone Warriors finished the job with a 42-30 victory which leaves them second on points for and against.

On a day when the weather conditions varied markedly between bright sunshine, wind and squalls, the home side began confidently and finished well but there were some tense passages in between.

Aoake delivered an impressive individual highlight feeding off some slick service inside leaving his imprint in the identical spot wide out in the right-hand corner three times in the first half.

Six of the Vodafone Warriors' tries including a double for second rower Shaun Lane were engineered through their potent right edge with the other two close-to-the-line efforts from hooker Nathaniel Roache and middle forward Toafofoa Sipley.

It was also a match which featured two long injury stoppages, one for Vodafone Warriors prop Charlie Gubb who was taken off on a stretcher after a head knock in the first half.

The early signs before Gubb’s forced exit had been encouraging when the Vodafone Warriors created the first two of their right side tries in the opening nine minutes.

In just the third minute, fullback Henare Wells hit Aoake with a long ball and he finished expertly.

No conversion then but the 4-0 lead became 10-0 six minutes later.

After a strong Ken Maumalo carry there was a lengthy stoppage for an injury to Manly's Dylan Kelly but when the set resumed the Vodafone Warriors were straight back with halfback Mason Lino creating a big hole for Lane to run through.

An Addin Fonua-Blake try brought Manly back into it before the Vodafone Warriors went further ahead again with a superb shift to a big right, Lino going out the back behind Lane where Wells linked and shipped another sweet long pass for Aoake to squeeze in at the corner.

Gubb’s injury checked the Vodafone Warriors’ momentum with Manly seizing the opening by laying on two tries through loose forward Liam Knight and second rower Nathan Green to edge ahead 14-12 after 32 minutes.

It didn’t last long as the Vodafone Warriors composed themselves, settled back into the grind and finished the half by going right again, nice hands and Wells once more with the final transfer for Aoake’s third. Lino’s conversion made it 20-18 at the break.

A squall swept down the ground as the second half began, the Vodafone Warriors trucking up into it undeterred and producing a similar start to the first half.

First hooker Roache poached a try from dummy half and then the big man Sipley powered over from close range. With both tries scored around the posts, Lino took the lead out to 32-18.

It seemed it would be the prelude to more points to follow but instead Manly thundered back with two tries in quick succession to close to 30-32.

Just when there was a sense more points may follow for Manly, the Vodafone Warriors became a galvanised unit again, coming up with key plays to repel the visitors and then turn the defensive work into profit at the other end with tries to Lane and centre Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad.

Job done for coach Stacey Jones and his players although there were concerns with the middle stages of the match when Manly was allowed to come back into it.

The Vodafone Warriors have another bye next week before hosting Wentworthville in Auckland on June 4.

Match details | Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Vodafone Warriors 42 (Tomas Aoake 3, Shaun Lane 2, Nathaniel Roache, Toafofoa Sipley, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad tries; Mason Lino 5 conversions).

Manly Sea Eagles 30 (Liam Knight 2, Nathan Green 2, Addin Fonua-Blake tries; Hugh Pratt 5 conversions).

Halftime: 20-18 Vodafone Warriors.

Referee: Jamal Thompson.

Vodafone Warriors | Henare Wells; Tomas Aoake; James Bell, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Manu Vatuvei; Ata Hingano, Mason Lino; Albert Vete, Nathaniel Roache, Charlie Gubb; Ligi Sao, Shaun Lane; Toafofoa Sipley. Interchange: Ali Lauitiiti, Upu Poching, Semisi Tyrell, Paul Tuli.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/05/22/five_straight_in_isp.af_news.html
 
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Pete

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Oct 3, 2012
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How good is Aoake? Surely someone is better than what Wright, ALlwood and even Ash have to offer in the backs.
 

Jordan G

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Aoake is probably behind CKN and Wells, and both those guys may be limited if we're pushing the second tier cap a bit far.

Why does the team lineup at the bottom of that write up include Manu? We're so serious about turning Maumalo into Manu 2.0 that we've stopped even using his name.
 
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pantera nhl

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Apr 12, 2016
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Maumalo is a forward changed winger
last year his defensive woes were there for all to see.Hope goes back to the forwards
where he belongs
 

eudebrito

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May 21, 2013
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Some slick passing by Wells, Lino and Lane for Aokae's tries. Lane grabbed a double for himself, is that what a ball playing back rower looks like.

And how about Albie's bone rattler!

Didn’t stop and pet the guy like the f*cking house cat afterwards either!

That's Issac's warrior legacy atm, he started cuddling the opposition during the game, and now everyone does it - when he signed people were worried he'd be overly aggresive and get suspended too much, what are the chances of that happening!
 
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6 Again

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Didn’t stop and pet the guy like the f*cking house cat afterwards either!

That's Issac's warrior legacy atm, he started cuddling the opposition during the game, and now everyone does it - when he signed people were worried he'd be overly aggresive and get suspended too much, what are the chances of that happening!

Call me old school but I fucken hate seeing that shit!

I nearly lost the plot with Manu's low five to Koribetee after he made him his bitch.

Albie should make first grade again just based on that tackle alone. No ones showed that kind of intent in a tackle for long time.
 

InsideBall

Warriors 1st Grader
Oct 24, 2012
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Man, the NSW Cup is played at a slow pace.

Nice ball playing by Ata, Mason and Henare - but that was an awful opposition. They ran the same play 5 times for 5 tries - sometimes hitting the short man in Lane, sometimes hitting the winger, and they had no answer for it.

Can't read too much into it, other than the fact that they look very well drilled, and confident in their structure... WHICH, I might point out, was exactly the same thing I said about the NYC team when Stacey took over them too...

ADMIN - Sorry just hijacking your post to add the team lists and match results that we missed out on. Round 13-15...

ROUND 12 - BYE

ROUND 13

ISP LATE MAIL | v Wentworthville
Sat 4th June, 02:06PM
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Rugby League NRL - Brisbane Broncos v New Zealand Warriors , Suncorp Stadium , Brisbane Australia - 11 March 2016 Warriors' Jeff Robson in action Jason O'Brien / www.photosport.nz

The Vodafone Warriors are as selected as they seek their sixth straight win in today’s 13th-round Intrust Super Premiership match against Wentworthville at Mount Stadium (2.40pm kick-off).

Coach Stacey Jones is able to call on 12 players with NRL experience including a starting forward pack which is entirely made up of NRL players.

Making his first appearance for the club’s ISP side is halfback Jeff Robson.

VODAFONE WARRIORS v WENTWORTHVILLE MAGPIES
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
2.40pm, Saturday, June 4
Referee: Jamal Thompson


VODAFONE WARRIORS
1 HENARE WELLS
2 KEN MAUMALO
3 MATTHEW ALLWOOD
4 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD
5 JONATHAN WRIGHT
6 ATA HINGANO
7 JEFF ROBSON
8 JAMES GAVET
9 JAZZ TEVAGA
10 TOAFOFOA SIPLEY
11 ALI LAUITIITI
12 SHAUN LANE
13 JOHN PALAVI (c)

14 MASON LINO
15 UPU POCHING
16 JAMES BELL
17 TOMAS AOAKE

COACH | STACEY JONES

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/06/04/isp_late_mail_v_went.af_info_nsw_cup_news.html

Vodafone Warriors go six straight in ISP
Richard Becht
Sun 5th June, 09:00AM
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James Gavet. NSW Cup. Vodafone Warriors v Wentworthville, NRL Rugby League. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 3 June 2016. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

The Vodafone Warriors led from start to finish in beating Wentworthville 32-20 in Saturday’s 13th-round Intrust Super Premiership encounter at Mount Smart Stadium.

Their sixth consecutive victory and their eighth of the season ensured they retain a hold on second spot on the points table behind the Mounties.

While they started well with tries to powerhouse prop Toafofoa Sipley and hooker Jazz Tevaga in the opening 20 minutes, the second quarter provided some frustrations for coach Stacey Jones as errors allowed the young Magpies to bite into the lead.

Now under the guidance of former Kiwi captain and Parramatta legend Nathan Cayless, Wentworthville had reason to be well-pleased with their effort in the closing minutes of the half.

First centre John Folau scored and then second rower Cody Nelson beat everyone to a grubber kick to leave the Magpies just 10-12 down at the break.

There was a huge gulf in experience in the two sides. The Vodafone Warriors could count 12 players with NRL experience while Wentworthville had as many as seven under-20 players involved.

Brave as the Magpies were, the second half played out differently as the Vodafone Warriors immediately settled into their work in the opening minutes of the second period.

Sipley showed his immense strength when he charged at the line. He was checked but kept moving and rolled around to his right to get the ball down despite the attention of multiple defenders.

A lead of 18-10 quickly ballooned to 26-10 with left wing Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad snaring an Ata Hingano cross-field chip to score wide out and tall second rower Shaun Lane running a good line off Jeff Robson for his third try in two games.

The Magpies wouldn’t go away, though, coming back at the home side with a try to left wing Tui Oloapu, acrobatically planting the ball after collecting a kick in behind the defensive line.

The Vodafone Warriors weren’t finished as they put together a quality try, centre Jonathan Wright spearing through and finding fullback Henare Wells on his inside to finish off.

Wentworthville came up with the final say to cut the losing margin to 12 points.

Vodafone Warriors prop James Gavet was named man of the match. In 55 minutes on the field he made 182 metres from 17 runs and made 26 tackles.

Match details | Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Vodafone Warriors 32 (Toafofoa Sipley 2, Jazz Tevaga, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Shaun Lane, Henare Wells tries; Ata Hingano 4 conversions).

Wentworthville Magpies 20 (John Folau, Cody Nelson, Tui Oloapu, Rory O’Brien tries; Matt Woods conversion; Michael Doolan ).

Halftime: 12-10 Vodafone Warriors.

Referee: Jamal Thompson.

Vodafone Warriors | Henare Wells; Ken Maumalo, Jonathan Wright, Matt Allwood, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad; Ata Hingano, Jeff Robson; James Gavet, Jazz Tevaga, Toafofoa Sipley; Ali Lauitiiti, Shaun Lane; John Palavi (c). Interchange: Mason Lino, Upu Poching, James Bell, Tomas Aoake.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/06/05/vodafone_warriors_go.af_info_nsw_cup_news.html

ROUND 14

ISP LATE MAIL | v Newcastle
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Sat 11th June, 01:58PM
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Ali Lauitiiti. NSW Cup. Vodafone Warriors v Wentworthville, NRL Rugby League. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 3 June 2016. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

Ali Lauitiiti starts in the front row replacing an injured James Gavet in the Vodafone Warriors’ 14th-round Intrust Super Premiership match against Newcastle at Hunter Stadium today (12.40pm kick-off local time; 2.40pm NZT).

Gavet (knee) was the player of the day in last week’s 32-20 win over Wentworthville.

With Lauitiiti brought in off the bench to start, Tomas Aoake joins the interchange alongside Mason Lino, Upu Poching and James Bell.

The second-placed Vodafone Warriors are seeking their seventh straight win against a Newcastle side lying 12th on the ladder.

VODAFONE WARRIORS v NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS
Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
12.40pm, Saturday, June 11
Referee: Adam Devcich


VODAFONE WARRIORS
1 HENARE WELLS
2 KEN MAUMALO
3 MATTHEW ALLWOOD
4 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD
5 JONATHAN WRIGHT
6 ATA HINGANO
7 JEFF ROBSON
16 ALI LAUITIITI
9 JAZZ TEVAGA
10 TOAFOFOA SIPLEY
11 JOHN PALAVI (c)
12 SHAUN LANE
13 LIGI SAO

14 MASON LINO
15 UPU POCHING
17 JAMES BELL
18 TOMAS AOAKE

COACH | STACEY JONES

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/06/11/isp_late_mail_v_newc.af_info_nsw_cup_news.html

Vodafone Warriors top ISP table
Richard Becht | Image: www.photosport.nz
Sat 11th June, 05:00PM
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Captain John Palavi put in an another tireless shift for the Vodafone Warriors in their ISP clash against Newcastle. Image | www.photosport.nz

Results at the weekend have left the Stacey Jones-coached Vodafone Warriors on top of the Intrust Super Premiership points table.

They were second heading into their 14th-round away clash against bottom-placed Newcastle on Saturday and held on - if a little nervously - to win 34-32, their seventh straight victory,

The result took them to 22 points, level with the Mounties and first on points for and against.

The Mounties had the opportunity to reclaim first place against North Sydney on Sunday but suffered an upset 16-26 loss at North Sydney Oval leaving the Vodafone Warriors first (although the Mounties have a game in hand due to their encounter with Canterbury Bankstown being postponed last week).

The Vodafone Warriors' seven-game winning streak began on April 10 when they beat North Sydney 30-12 away. They followed it up by beating Newcastle (26-6) and Canterbury Banstown (42-12) at home, Penrith (32-16) away, Manly (42-30) and Wentworthville (32-20) at home and now the Knights away.

While running last, Newcastle gave the Vodafone Warriors plenty of bother on Saturday.

At various stages of the contest the Vodafone Warriors were seemingly on course for what should have been a comfortable win against a side with just one win this year.

They put together back-to-back tries to Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad and Shaun Lane to convert a 6-12 deficit into a 16-12 lead with halftime approaching.

Yet in the final moments of the half they conceded a converted try to allow the Knights to go to the break leading 18-16.

Coach Stacey Jones must have succeeded in calming his troops down because they came out and opened the second spell impressively.

First Jazz Tevaga surged up the middle of the field, Mason Lino pushing up in support for an unimpeded run to the line.

And soon after the brilliant Ata Hingano – later named man of the match – stepped his way through, Lino converting both tries to propel the Vodafone Warriors into a 28-18 lead just eight minutes into the second half.

The opportunity was there to go on with the job, to take the game out of reach.

Instead the Knights were invited back in with a converted try to Lachlan Fitzgibbon bringing the score-line back to 24-28.

In this up and down display, the Vodafone Warriors were on song again soon enough with the talismanic Lino holding the ball up sweetly to put interchange forward James Bell over. Lino’s conversion had the lead out to 10 points again at 34-24, although not safe the way this match was going.

And sure enough the Knights came back into it through Matt Soper-Lawler with his second but critically Donovan couldn’t convert to leave the Vodafone Warriors six points ahead at 34-28.

With errors giving Newcastle possession and field position, the heat was right on the Vodafone Warriors’ defence; in the 75th minute they couldn’t resist with Mao Uta crossing wide out. Again Donovan was wide with the conversion attempt.

Ahead lay a few nervous minutes for the Vodafone Warriors. They managed to negotiate the final passage holding on for their seventh straight win to move to first place on points for and against for now at least awaiting the outcome of the Mounties’ clash against North Sydney.

Ultimately goal-kicking was the difference with the Vodafone Warriors converting five of their six tries.

The Vodafone Warriors travel again next Saturday to face the in-form Newtown Jets.

Match details | Hunter Stadium, Newcastle

Newcastle Knights 32 (Matthew Soper-Lawler 2, Bryce Donovan, Luke Yates, Lachlan Fitzgibbon, Mao Uta tries; Bryce Donovan 4 conversions).

Vodafone Warriors 34 (Jeff Robson, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Shaun Lane, Mason Lino, Ata Hingano, James Bell tries; Mason Lino 4 conversions; Ata Hingano conversion).

Halftime: 18-16 Knights.

Referee: Adam Devcich.

Vodafone Warriors | Henare Wells; Ken Maumalo, Jonathan Wright, Matt Allwood, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad; Ata Hingano, Jeff Robson; Ali Lauitiiti, Jazz Tevaga, Toafofoa Sipley; John Palavi (c), Shaun Lane; Ligi Sao. Interchange: Mason Lino, Upu Poching, James Bell, Tomas Aoake.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/06/11/seven_straight_for_i.af_info_nsw_cup_news.html

ROUND 15

ISP LATE MAIL | v Newtown Jets
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Sat 18th June, 04:00PM
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Mason Lino breaks out. NSW Cup. Vodafone Warriors v Wentworthville, NRL Rugby League. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 3 June 2016. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

Several changes have been made to the Vodafone Warriors’ line-up for today’s 15th-round Intrust Super Premiership match against Newtown at Henson Park (3.00pm kick-off local time; 5.00pm NZT).

Marata Niukore comes up from the NYC side to start in the centres, Mason Lino has been brought off the bench to start in the halves – and captain the side – while Ali Lauitiiti starts in the second row and Upu Poching at loose forward.

James Bell is the only original selection still on the bench. He’s joined by debutant Ofahiki Ogden – originally named to start – Patrick Sipley and Viliami Kaveinga.

The top-placed Vodafone Warriors have lost Ata Hingano, Jonathan Wright and John Palavi.

With so many changes to their side, the Vodafone Warriors face a stern test in their quest for an eighth straight victory, even more so given Newtown’s form coming off a 54-6 win over Wentworthville which has it running third.

VODAFONE WARRIORS v NEWTOWN JETS
Henson Park, Sydney
3.00pm, Saturday, June 18


VODAFONE WARRIORS
1 HENARE WELLS
2 TOMAS AOAKE
3 MATTHEW ALLWOOD
21 MARATA NIUKORE
5 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD
14 MASON LINO (c)
7 JEFF ROBSON
8 JAMES GAVET
9 JAZZ TEVAGA
10 BUNTY AFOA
16 ALI LAUITIITI
12 SHAUN LANE
15 UPU POCHING

11 OFAHIKI OGDEN
17 JAMES BELL
18 PATRICK SIPLEY
22 VILIAMI KAVEINGA

COACH | STACEY JONES

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/06/18/isp_late_mail_v_newt.af_info_nsw_cup_news.html

Vodafone Warriors' winning run ended
Richard Becht | Image: www.photosport.nz
Sat 18th June, 04:30PM
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Mason Lino breaks out. NSW Cup. Vodafone Warriors v Wentworthville, NRL Rugby League. Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. Saturday 3 June 2016. © Copyright Photo: Andrew Cornaga / www.Photosport.nz

Newtown emphatically halted the Vodafone Warriors’ seven-match winning streak with a commanding 38-6 win in Saturday’s 15th-round Intrust Super Premiership encounter at Henson Park in Sydney.

The loss also cost the Vodafone Warriors their week-long hold on top spot on the points table with the Mounties overtaking them on points for and against despite going down 10-22 to Manly.

Coach Stacey Jones went into the contest with a line-up well down on the level of NRL experience he has been able to call on in recent weeks.

Wing Ken Maumalo and prop Toafofoa Sipley were named in the NRL side on Tuesday while John Palavi, Ligi Sao and Jonathan Wright were also missing today along with the in-form Ata Hingano.

The reshuffled side struggled from the outset with errors and penalties conceded giving Newtown a huge advantage in terms of both possession and field position.

With the Vodafone Warriors truning the ball over too often the Jets quickly imposed themselves on the scoreboard via two early converted tries.

The 12-0 lead was doubled to 24-0 close to halftime before the Vodafone Warriors troubled the scoreboard attendants for the first and only time, playmaker Mason Lino crossing for a try he converted.

At 6-24 the Vodafone Warriors had a mission in front of them to find a way back into the battle in the second half. They began the second 40 minutes well by building pressure but just couldn’t find a way of scoring points.

The frustration eventually showed with Newtown coming up with the only points of the second half.

Match details | Henson Park, Sydney

Newtown Jets 38 (Anthony Moraitis, Travis Robinson, Matt Evans, Malakai Houma, Kurt Capewell, Kenny Niko tries; Fa'amanu Brown 5 conversions, 2 penalties).

Vodafone Warriors 6 (Mason Lino try; Mason Lino conversion).

Halftime: 24-6 Jets.

Referee: Daniel Olford.

Vodafone Warriors | Henare Wells; Tomas Aoake, Matt Allwood, Marata Niukore, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad; Mason Lino (c), Jeff Robson; James Gavet, Jazz Tevaga, Bunty Afoa; Ali Lauitiiti, Shaun Lane; Upu Poching. Interchange: Ofahiki Ogden, James Bell, Patrick Sipley, Viliami Kaveinga.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2016/06/18/vodafone_warriors_wi.af_info_nsw_cup_news.html
 
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Centurion

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Oct 14, 2015
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Maumalo is a forward changed winger
last year his defensive woes were there for all to see.Hope goes back to the forwards
where he belongs
A la Corey Oates - converted second rower. Watched him being reinvented in Bris. They think he'll eventually end up back in the forwards but not sure now that he's playing at SOO level.

Hope for Ken yet if someone can work out his defensive and handling woes at FG level.
 
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Sup42

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May 7, 2012
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Man, the NSW Cup is played at a slow pace.

Nice ball playing by Ata, Mason and Henare - but that was an awful opposition. They ran the same play 5 times for 5 tries - sometimes hitting the short man in Lane, sometimes hitting the winger, and they had no answer for it.

Can't read too much into it, other than the fact that they look very well drilled, and confident in their structure... WHICH, I might point out, was exactly the same thing I said about the NYC team when Stacey took over them too...
Our team look very good.
Being hyper critical but the passing is still clunky even in the slower pace competition.

Warriors tend to be good at a last pass here and there....but if you watch the distribution passing of play makers carefully, you see people pull up short and lose momentum so many times in a game.

The one thing Sam Tomkins consistently proved at the Warriors was that we are light years behind fluid distribution and timing of the runners in any of our plays.

Our style is clunky and frenetic.
 
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The one thing I probably take from that is the way Ata and Lino especially takes on the line before passing. They often engage their opposite defender and the outside man, creating the gaps on the outside. Yes the defense looks awful, but when a half can engage more than one defender it opens up space.
 

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