General Faumuina expecting fireworks against Bulldogs

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By ROBERT LOWE

The venue may have become slightly novel for a National Rugby League (NRL) clash with the Bulldogs, but New Zealand Warrior Sione Faumuina is the expecting usual fireworks in on Sunday.

The two clubs, who meet at Sydney's Telstra Stadium, have produced some memorable contests, such as in the 2003 playoffs, when the Warriors turned on the style in a 48-22 romp.

That was the last time they faced each other in Sydney, and also the last time the Warriors managed to beat the Bulldogs.

Since then, the Sydneysiders have won all four matches between them, including the round-eight fixture in Auckland in late April.

Faumuina said there was always plenty of anticipation before a match with the Bulldogs.

"We're always up for it, we love to play against them," he said.

"We love their style of play. They've got a big pack and we're just looking forward to the fireworks this weekend."

The Bulldogs, who are fourth on the table, welcome back New South Wales props Willie Mason and Mark O'Meley, and Queensland frontrower Nate Myles from the State of Origin decider on Wednesday.

However, they will be without former Kiwi winger Matt Utai and interchange prop Jarrad Hickey with both suspended.

There were also injury doubts over halfback Brett Sherwin, winger Hazem El Masri and bench prop Chris Armit.

But the Bulldogs are backing up from a good win over premiers Wests Tigers.

The Warriors were less convincing in downing Penrith last weekend - coach Ivan Cleary said his team "won ugly" - but their confidence was high as they chased their fifth successive win.

While they remained back in 12th spot, they have the second-best points difference in the competition.

Faumuina put the mid-season turnaround down to a return to the fundamentals.

"We're just sticking to the basics," he said.

"We're cutting out the silly errors and completing sets, and the offloads are coming along with that."

The Warriors' offloading ability was shown up in the statistics, with Faumuina and fellow forwards Wairangi Koopu and Awen Guttenbeil all among the NRL's top 12 for the season.

Faumuina was third, behind Manly skipper Ben Kennedy and one of the Bulldogs' Kiwi contingent, Sonny Bill Williams.

For Faumuina, who can also sometimes be guilty of pushing the pass, going back to the basics didn't mean cutting out the flair.

"Ivan will never tell a player to give up a skill that can help the team," he said.

"It's more picking the right time and which part of the field to offload."

After beginning the season as a five-eighth and giving that position " a nudge", Faumuina was happy to be cementing a spot in the starting 13 as lock.

He was also looking to lift his involvement and be more vocal on the field.

The Warriors will also have a player back from Origin, skipper Steve Price, who will no doubt be buoyed by Queensland's victory in Melbourne to end three years of NSW domination of the series.

Faumuina will be, too, after backing the Morons because he had a clubmate in the side.

"I don't know anyone (in Origin) except Pricey," he said.

"It's always good to have him back and we'll be happy to have him back after an Origin win."
 

warriors4life_old

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Good to see they are geared up, we will need to be on our game against an in-form Bulldogs side.
 

sebastian_old

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Wiki said:
They might be a little in form but they are inconsistent at the moment.

Who the bulldogs who have one in a row, or us 4 in a row. Regarding the bulldogs they didn't excalty have a challenge with the tigers & the tigers had benji out, we beat them with benji, the tigers are a different team with benji. The bulldogs are starting to sound cocky, maybe too cocky.
I hope we give it to Mason & O-meley, especially o-meley i get goosebumps when i see someone pick him up & drive him, although to be honest it doesn't happen often.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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I think Sione is contridicting himself in that article. He says they are returning to the fundementals and stuff..you know cutting out the silly errors and that but isn't he still doing that crazy stuff with his 'miracle' offloads and bits?! lol
 

sebastian_old

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i agree the games they played against tigers,melbourne & espescially th cowboys were hardly convicing. Melbournewas probaly there best game, however they still lost. I reckon if we score 1st well win.
 

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sebastian said:
i agree the games they played against tigers,melbourne & espescially th cowboys were hardly convicing. Melbournewas probaly there best game, however they still lost. I reckon if we score 1st well win.

I reckon if we score most we`ll win.
 

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We know that we can win without Price in the side, but this is one team (the Bulldogs) where I believe we need Price to have a shot at winning. The Bulldogs are just amazing.. Asotasi, Sonnybill Williams, O'Meley, Mason.. those guys are offloading MACHINES.. and Hazem will always put those goals over, and seems to always score a try when on attack in our 20 metres. This will be a very tough game for our boys! I dont know if we have the muscle to shutdown their forwards!
 

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jahc said:
We know that we can win without Price in the side, but this is one team (the Bulldogs) where I believe we need Price to have a shot at winning. The Bulldogs are just amazing.. Asotasi, Sonnybill Williams, O'Meley, Mason.. those guys are offloading MACHINES.. and Hazem will always put those goals over, and seems to always score a try when on attack in our 20 metres. This will be a very tough game for our boys! I dont know if we have the muscle to shutdown their forwards!

We`ve got the muscle... do we have the mental toughness required for this game? We do... just have to make sure it`s turned on tomorrow.
 

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Skinny_Ravs82 said:
I think Sione is contridicting himself in that article. He says they are returning to the fundementals and stuff..you know cutting out the silly errors and that but isn't he still doing that crazy stuff with his 'miracle' offloads and bits?! lol

lol I was thinking the same thing when i was reading the article. maybe true for other players but not him as he is still offloading at the wrong time
 

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jahc said:
We know that we can win without Price in the side, but this is one team (the Bulldogs) where I believe we need Price to have a shot at winning. The Bulldogs are just amazing.. Asotasi, Sonnybill Williams, O'Meley, Mason.. those guys are offloading MACHINES.. and Hazem will always put those goals over, and seems to always score a try when on attack in our 20 metres. This will be a very tough game for our boys! I dont know if we have the muscle to shutdown their forwards!

As one half of the positive crew, I greately encourage you to keep your chin up mate! No matter what we stick to our guns and bacl them in all situations. Warriors all the way baby!
 

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Skinny_Ravs82 said:
jahc said:
We know that we can win without Price in the side, but this is one team (the Bulldogs) where I believe we need Price to have a shot at winning. The Bulldogs are just amazing.. Asotasi, Sonnybill Williams, O'Meley, Mason.. those guys are offloading MACHINES.. and Hazem will always put those goals over, and seems to always score a try when on attack in our 20 metres. This will be a very tough game for our boys! I dont know if we have the muscle to shutdown their forwards!

As one half of the positive crew, I greately encourage you to keep your chin up mate! No matter what we stick to our guns and bacl them in all situations. Warriors all the way baby!

And as the other half of the positive crew i tell you jahc the warriors will muscle up on sunday just believe in the boys and who knows what the outcome will be. I have a idea of the outcome though and its a warriors win all the way!!!!!!!!!
 

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warriorfaithful* said:
Skinny_Ravs82 said:
jahc said:
We know that we can win without Price in the side, but this is one team (the Bulldogs) where I believe we need Price to have a shot at winning. The Bulldogs are just amazing.. Asotasi, Sonnybill Williams, O'Meley, Mason.. those guys are offloading MACHINES.. and Hazem will always put those goals over, and seems to always score a try when on attack in our 20 metres. This will be a very tough game for our boys! I dont know if we have the muscle to shutdown their forwards!

As one half of the positive crew, I greately encourage you to keep your chin up mate! No matter what we stick to our guns and bacl them in all situations. Warriors all the way baby!

And as the other half of the positive crew i tell you jahc the warriors will muscle up on sunday just believe in the boys and who knows what the outcome will be. I have a idea of the outcome though and its a warriors win all the way!!!!!!!!!

I thought you guys were the positive duo, but now you've expanded into the positive crew?
 

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warriors4life said:
warriorfaithful* said:
Skinny_Ravs82 said:
jahc said:
We know that we can win without Price in the side, but this is one team (the Bulldogs) where I believe we need Price to have a shot at winning. The Bulldogs are just amazing.. Asotasi, Sonnybill Williams, O'Meley, Mason.. those guys are offloading MACHINES.. and Hazem will always put those goals over, and seems to always score a try when on attack in our 20 metres. This will be a very tough game for our boys! I dont know if we have the muscle to shutdown their forwards!

As one half of the positive crew, I greately encourage you to keep your chin up mate! No matter what we stick to our guns and bacl them in all situations. Warriors all the way baby!

And as the other half of the positive crew i tell you jahc the warriors will muscle up on sunday just believe in the boys and who knows what the outcome will be. I have a idea of the outcome though and its a warriors win all the way!!!!!!!!!

I thought you guys were the positive duo, but now you've expanded into the positive crew?

Crew/duo same thing lol.

warriorfaithful* and skinny ravs= one hell of a positive duo lol
 

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Old Maori saying" Only way to stop charging bull is to take away the missus credit card!"

If we tackle low and the second tackler ties up the ball we will win. We have to shut down the offloads.
And dont kick to Hazam.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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warriorfaithful* said:
warriors4life said:
warriorfaithful* said:
Skinny_Ravs82 said:
jahc said:
We know that we can win without Price in the side, but this is one team (the Bulldogs) where I believe we need Price to have a shot at winning. The Bulldogs are just amazing.. Asotasi, Sonnybill Williams, O'Meley, Mason.. those guys are offloading MACHINES.. and Hazem will always put those goals over, and seems to always score a try when on attack in our 20 metres. This will be a very tough game for our boys! I dont know if we have the muscle to shutdown their forwards!

As one half of the positive crew, I greately encourage you to keep your chin up mate! No matter what we stick to our guns and bacl them in all situations. Warriors all the way baby!

And as the other half of the positive crew i tell you jahc the warriors will muscle up on sunday just believe in the boys and who knows what the outcome will be. I have a idea of the outcome though and its a warriors win all the way!!!!!!!!!

I thought you guys were the positive duo, but now you've expanded into the positive crew?

Crew/duo same thing lol.

warriorfaithful* and skinny ravs= one hell of a positive duo lol

hahd yeah that's right! :D but we are more than welcome to have more additions to our crew/duo
 

warriorfaithful*_old

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Skinny_Ravs82 said:
haha yeah that's right! :D but we are more than welcome to have more additions to our crew/duo

Yeah anyone care to join us lol?
 

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