General League: Warriors in good shape to tackle Bulldogs (herald)

Skinny_Ravs82

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24.04.06
By Peter Jessup


Warriors 46 South Sydney 14

The Warriors should gain much-needed confidence from their drubbing of South Sydney and will need it because their next home game against the Bulldogs will be much tougher.

They came out fired up against Souths and when Ruben Wiki hit top form and twice hit the try-line inside the first 18 minutes, the result was not in doubt.

Those two tries came about through attacking skill and horrible defensive lapses and the Warriors will not be offered such gaping holes against the Dogs.

But it was a solid, all-round performance and there were signs that the game plan was developing and becoming more threatening offensively.

Up front, Wiki's 94m gain was bettered by bench prop Evarn Tuimavave with 104, second rower Michael Luck, who continues to be good value, with 108m, Awen Guttenbeil with 141m and captain Steve Price with 165m, just on his remarkable average for the year.

With that sort of ground-gain, any team will win.

Late call-up Jerome Ropati was good despite a heavily bandaged hamstring and despite becoming a target for the Souths runners, his 22 tackles topped only by Guttenbeil and Louis Anderson with 25 each.

Price snatched his first try as a Warrior and admitted it was a relief to know he wouldn't have to do the traditional naked sprint around the field for those still pointless at season's end.

Tony Martin scored the third try that took the Warriors out to 18-0, a kick from Souths rebounding off his leg then Wairangi Koopu's face before he regathered it and crossed untouched. He kicked nine from nine goals for a personal tally of 22 points.

Souths rallied for one period of the second half, scoring two tries to close to 28-14 but then the Warriors composed themselves and replied.

The visitors spilled their last possession in a knock-on which was symptomatic of their night. The Warriors took the ball and put Todd Byrne in at the corner. Martin's conversion hit the post and slid over, proving it was indeed their night.

The win gives the Warriors their first two points after the salary cap deduction. They are level with Souths on the last rung of the ladder but the Rabbitohs got their two from a bye and the Warriors will overtake them when they get their bye in a fortnight.

"The scoreline was reflective of how we played," Souths coach Shaun McRae admitted. "I just felt we were caught up a bit in the way they wanted to play, speculative passes and off-loads."

The early points forced them to play catch-up and they suffered a snowball effect.

"We were more competitive in the second half but we were beaten by a side that were well up on us. Our defence in the middle of the ruck was very, very poor. They scored four tries in the second half and three of them were right down the middle."

Souths had most of their first grade squad in Auckland for the game, taking advantage of the injection of finance from millionaire businessman Peter Holmes a Court and actor Russell Crowe to hold a seminar at which former New Zealand cricketer Martin Crowe gave a motivational talk about playing against the odds.
 

ozbash_old

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the mighties will smash the dogs, they are down on players thru injuries and down on confidence through bad play.
their gameplan is practicaly non existant and they have some really dumb people trying to play.

BIIIIG willie and hasbeen el miseryguts are the dangers.

SBW will leave on a stretcher as will fat matt utai.
shrek better stick some glue on his hands and the general will be having nightmares already at the prospect of us playing them.

GO PRICEY !!

us by 30 odd....
 

*Kimmy*_old

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Thats abit harsh wanting a player put into a coma...lol i wouldnt even wish that on my most hated player.
 

Skinner_old

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ozbash said:
the mighties will smash the dogs, they are down on players thru injuries and down on confidence through bad play.
their gameplan is practicaly non existant and they have some really dumb people trying to play.

BIIIIG willie and hasbeen el miseryguts are the dangers.

SBW will leave on a stretcher as will fat matt utai.
shrek better stick some glue on his hands and the general will be having nightmares already at the prospect of us playing them.

GO PRICEY !!

us by 30 odd....

Jaysus.......can't wait, sounds like it's going to be one helluva game....
 

ozbash_old

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lol, it will be mate, thinking of getting Hori BOP up to meet trev, ther,ll be some bloody fireworks then :)

Sorry GTD, i meant comma, its only half a coma..

you got to admit tho, he is the troy flavell of rugby league ,, hughsie cant help but put the brown stuff in.. hope he tries it with ruben or louie..
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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ozbash said:
the mighties will smash the dogs, they are down on players thru injuries and down on confidence through bad play.
their gameplan is practicaly non existant and they have some really dumb people trying to play.

BIIIIG willie and hasbeen el miseryguts are the dangers.

SBW will leave on a stretcher as will fat matt utai.
shrek better stick some glue on his hands and the general will be having nightmares already at the prospect of us playing them.

GO PRICEY !!

us by 30 odd....

a team down on confidence are the ones to watch
 

sebastian_old

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the bulldogs pack are gonna have to to turn into playmakers, have you seen there halves, WHAT A JOKE!! And the beautifull thing is its too late to rectifie it because sherwin got injured in preimier league. If we can get good metres the dogs are GONEEEEE!!!!!!
 

*Kimmy*_old

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ozbash said:
lol, it will be mate, thinking of getting Hori BOP up to meet trev, ther,ll be some bloody fireworks then :)

Sorry GTD, i meant comma, its only half a coma..

you got to admit tho, he is the troy flavell of rugby league ,, hughsie cant help but put the brown stuff in.. hope he tries it with ruben or louie..
To be honest.
So do i.
He gives me the shits at times.
He's gunna give me gray hairs by the time im 20!!
But theres no way in hell id want him to get hurt:)
 

*Kimmy*_old

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sebastian said:
the bulldogs pack are gonna have to to turn into playmakers, have you seen there halves, WHAT A JOKE!! And the beautifull thing is its too late to rectifie it because sherwin got injured in preimier league. If we can get good metres the dogs are GONEEEEE!!!!!!
*sigh* DJ & Reni are poo now. They were good for about 2 games.

Id rather have shifty play with a broken hand then have DJ play number 7!!
 

Jesbass_old

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Re: League: Warriors in good shape to tackle Bulldogs (heral

Skinny_Ravs82 said:
Price snatched his first try as a Warrior and admitted it was a relief to know he wouldn't have to do the traditional naked sprint around the field for those still pointless at season's end.

I mentioned this as a joke in another thread, and now I see it in the paper, lol! :lol:
 

Jesbass_old

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ozbash said:
there you go jessbass, not short for 'JESSup' is it ?

OUCH!!! That's cruel, ozbash...really cruel, lol...

Fortunately, It's Jesbass, not Jessbass, so I'm safe! :shock: :p
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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Jesbass said:
ozbash said:
there you go jessbass, not short for 'JESSup' is it ?

OUCH!!! That's cruel, ozbash...really cruel, lol...

Fortunately, It's Jesbass, not Jessbass, so I'm safe! :shock: :p

PMSL!! Now we'll know what to call ya mate! :p
 

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