Mal has been predicting the Warriors since 1995.I'm going all in! We can do it! And Mal thinks so too! https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...p/news-story/03d436d8236b4d4ff66f44b53d8d85a1
This is one of the best chances we have at winning a Grand Final in our history for a few reasons :
Our health at this late stage of the season, only other team who is close are the Sharks.
In terms of form, 36 is the most points we have scored in a match this year. We have attacked adequately this season but I get the feeling we have only hit 3rd gear so far.
This is one of the closest competitions we have ever seen, with only one team (Storm) being two wins ahead of us. Coincidentally the Storm are the only team who have beaten us twice this year. The only other team in the top 8 that we haven't tasted victory against are the Sharks.
Teams don't want to play us in a knockout game. While we have become a different team over the last two seasons in terms of game plan, our squad's DNA still contains skills and play that no amount of video or coaching can ever prepare for.
While we haven't made the finals since 2011, our finals/grand finals experience that we have in our roster is actually very good.
Our Away record is the best in the comp (equal with the Storm). Fact is that no matter where the Warriors finish now, if they're to win the big one they have to string a few games together on the road.
And finally, we have a reason. Simon Mannering, arguably the club's greatest ever player is calling it quits, let's send him out a Legend AND a Champion!
Good read bro.I was thinking the same things with a few differences. Yes, the injury situation is good. Key players coming back at just the right time. Most notably, Harris. As you mentioned, our points have been low, and I expect his presence to make a difference in that right side connection. Also Shaun Johnson's kicking at times has been utter crap, and I believe we would have had a couple of 40 or 50 pointers but for his kicking.
It is open this year. Anyone's premiership this year, but home advantage may play a deciding factor and the extra chance. I think if we survive the first two games we would be the team nobody wants to play.
Our see our strengths as:
1) Our away record is way better than our home record, so this may actually play into our hands.
2) I believe the above happened because our team prefers a hard pitch to run freely on. That is when Warriorball flourishes best. Notice we struggled to score at home even against Titans. Where once a cold, wet rainy night guaranteed us a win, now it hinders our mojo. Our players visibly seem to lack spark when the track is heavy. So for me away games are a plus.
3) Roger Tuivasa-Sheck seemed to know exactly how and when to fire up the team. He hasn't missed a beat. It will not be lost on him that returning to finals after 6 years of crap is a big deal. He will fire the boys up like never before.
4) Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Harris, Blair, Hiku, Green, Luke, Beale, Shaun Johnson, Mannering have all tasted GFs. That's a first for our club to have that much experience.
5) Mannering retiring. He will play his best. The rest of the team should 'Die for Mannering'.
6) If we play like we did in the first few rounds, particularly against the Rabbitohs and Roosters, we will win. No question. Use the width of the park. If we do that successfully, nobody will touch us.
Reasons for concern:
1) Our losses stunned us each time. The nature of them was unfathomable at times.But is that just an indication that we expect them to win every time we watch now?
2) Storm thrashing was kinda on the cards. Our bubble had to burst at some stage. Young bodies had to crack after weeks of exceptional play. But the scoreline brought back nightmares of the past and opened old wounds for fans.
3) The Broncos loss was inexplicable. You couldn't work out what was the problem, it came from nowhere. Home advantage, best form in years, Young Broncos team not expected to make the 8 this year. WTF happened?
4) The Roosters loss came after we owned them first time. Was our home advantage too. To get beaten 32-0 was comprehensive and on paper sounds like we were out of our depth.
5) The Rabbitohs loss begged the question whether our smaller forwards really were a liability against bigger teams.
6) The Panthers loss was deflating. On paper we should have flogged them. But we got flogged instead. Inexplicable.
7) Titans thrashing. Same as above.
8) Bulldogs loss was stupid and scrappy. We played into their hands.
Just seen on the NRL site that Warriors home finals will be at Mt Smart (not Eden Park) - good stuff
These two articles are good for anybody who wants to know more about how the finals all work :
If we get a home final, we will play either on Saturday at 8pm or Sunday at 6pm. The Warriors (and SKY TV) would like to push it to Sunday so that it doesn't clash with the All Blacks.
The winner of the 6 vs 7 game goes on to meet the loser of 2 vs 3, which is looking likely to be Rabbitohs vs Roosters.
Likely opposition teams for the finals if we were to keep winning :
Week 1 : Broncos
Week 2 : Roosters
Week 3 : Storm
GF : Rabbitohs
I love that you guys are able to see the dream, the warriors need more fans like that and not sad cynical bastards like me.
If we play Broncos week 1, we are fucked. If we play dragons or Panthers we are a fair shot of progressing. I dont see us getting past week 2 of playoffs.
While the whole comp has been inconsistent this year, we have had 2 or 3 terrible games that I think puts us at risk of having a shit game at some point in the next month.
In my mind that shit game could be either tonight or next week. Ugh.