General McKinnon helps Eels past Warriors

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From nzherald.co.nz

By Robert Lowe

Wade McKinnon had some sightseeing and a look around the New Zealand Warriors' set-up in his diary for yesterday.

But, apart from that, the Parramatta rugby league fullback's trip to Auckland at the weekend was much like the other half dozen he has made.

The fact that he will join the Warriors next year as replacement for Leeds-bound Brent Webb didn't make Saturday's clash between the National Rugby League rivals extra special for him.

"Not really, it was just a normal game," McKinnon said after the Eels' 20-12 victory.

More important than the identity of the opposition was the need for Eels to stretch their winning streak to four and maintain their outside chance of a playoff spot.

"We knew it was important for both sides because we both want to be in the eight," he said.

"We knew if we won, we still have a chance of being in the eight, so I just took it like a normal game."

McKinnon, 25, has some of the best statistics among NRL fullbacks.

But the intriguing prospect of a head-to-head clash between him and Webb ended before kickoff, when Webb suffered a recurrence of a hip problem during the warm-up and was replaced.

In front of 14,499 fans, the biggest crowd at Mt Smart Stadium this year, McKinnon produced one clean break in the first half which threatened a try before he was caught and the attack snuffed out.

He showed some other good touches, but was largely consigned to defensive duties in the second half as the Warriors fought hard to overturn an 18-6 halftime deficit.

The performance wasn't the Warriors' best, with turnovers gifting the Eels their first two tries through winger Jarryd Hayne.

But McKinnon said the Warriors' traditional adventurous style was one of the attractions.

He liked to run off the forwards and expected to get plenty of opportunity to do so at his new club.

"I'm really excited," the one-time South Sydney Rabbitoh said of his impending move to Auckland on a three-year contract.

"I like the way they play. They get a lot of off-loads away and I like to be the person pushing for them."

Even against the Eels, "the boys got a few ball away, so I think it will benefit me next year".

Parramatta's victory kept them in touch with the top eight.

But defeat dropped the Warriors to second bottom and meant they face the prospect of having to win all six of the their remaining matches to progress to the playoffs.

While fans and the media might have regularly weighed up the Auckland club's chances of finals football after being docked four points for salary cap breaches, skipper Steve Price said the players hadn't.

Even when their campaign appeared to have turned the corner with a four-match winning streak over June and early July, the post-season wasn't talked about.

Instead, it was a case of sticking to the cliche of a game at a time.

"What we've been saying to you has honestly been happening," Price said.

"It's not something we've been spoken about as a group or as individuals. Right from the start of the year we've said we are not going to worry about that.

"We're just going to concentrate on what we do every week."
 

warriors4life_old

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Yeah, he was pretty solid and made a good break, but we didn't get to see Webb Vs McKinnon like everyone had hoped, pity that.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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:( I know, so sad not to get to see that battle eventunate. Oh well! I admit Wadey wasn't bad really, bar that one fumble he had! haha. Kinda laughed at it coz he looked so funny messing it up. I reckon he could have gone a tiny bit better if the other players weren't so selfish with the ball....
 

Jesbass_old

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Interesting title for the article. I didn't think he helped all that much. I wasn't very impressed with his performance on the weekend, but he has all next season to rectify that! :D
 

warriors4life_old

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Jesbass said:
Interesting title for the article. I didn't think he helped all that much. I wasn't very impressed with his performance on the weekend, but he has all next season to rectify that! :D

It was NZ Herald that said it, not me. :)
 

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warriors4life said:
Jesbass said:
Interesting title for the article. I didn't think he helped all that much. I wasn't very impressed with his performance on the weekend, but he has all next season to rectify that! :D

It was NZ Herald that said it, not me. :)

Lol, aye, I know. :p
 

MarkW_old

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Jesbass said:
Interesting title for the article. I didn't think he helped all that much. I wasn't very impressed with his performance on the weekend, but he has all next season to rectify that! :D

I was kind of underwhelmed with Wade's performance too. Solid defensively and made one good run, but that was about it.
Perhaps The Warriors just didn't test him enough.
Like I said in another thread... I hope that wasn't his 'A' game... I'm guessing not and am sure he will fill Webb's shoes adequately.
 

sebastian_old

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A experienced player isn't gonna play flash when the opsistion is playing like "the wiggles". I mean seriously what presure did we put Wade under, our kicks didn't even reach parramatta's in goal 99% of the time, we didn't give him many chances to be the hero because we plainly sucked. Besides the 1st 20 minutes Parramatta never had field oppurtunites so that limited his chances. I don't think people reaslised how bad we played. We gave the oppisistion 2 trys by mistakes, totally dominated the 2nd half only to, knock-on, lose the ball, throw a forward pass, absoloutly kill 3 certain trys, 2 of which we already had the ball over the line. Wade didn't impress because he had no oppurtunities to impress.
 

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sebastian said:
A experienced player isn't gonna play flash when the opsistion is playing like "the wiggles". I mean seriously what presure did we put Wade under, our kicks didn't even reach him 99% of the time, we didn't give him many chances to be the hero because we plainly sucked. Besides the 1st 20 minutes Parramatta never had field oppurtunites so that limited his chances. I don't think people reaslised how bad we played. We gave the oppisistion 2 trys by mistakes, totally dominated the 2nd half only to, knock-on, lose the ball, throw a forward pass, absoloutly kill 3 certain trys, 2 of which we already had the ball over the line. Wade didn't impress because he had no oppurtunities to impress.

Wait - not kicking the ball to the opposition fullback 99% of the time, and limiting his team from getting field position for 60 minutes is evidence of how badly we played? :? :lol:
 

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Jesbass said:
sebastian said:
A experienced player isn't gonna play flash when the opsistion is playing like "the wiggles". I mean seriously what presure did we put Wade under, our kicks didn't even reach him 99% of the time, we didn't give him many chances to be the hero because we plainly sucked. Besides the 1st 20 minutes Parramatta never had field oppurtunites so that limited his chances. I don't think people reaslised how bad we played. We gave the oppisistion 2 trys by mistakes, totally dominated the 2nd half only to, knock-on, lose the ball, throw a forward pass, absoloutly kill 3 certain trys, 2 of which we already had the ball over the line. Wade didn't impress because he had no oppurtunities to impress.

Wait - not kicking the ball to the opposition fullback 99% of the time, and limiting his team from getting field position for 60 minutes is evidence of how badly we played? :? :lol:

1st my post was about Wade not having oppurtunities to play well, not how bad we played, i think you've looked at it from a different angle. Limiting his team from field posistion was indicating he had limited oppurtunites to play well. I said we we're playing bad due to our disgacefull mistake rate. I was also trying to say was that the kicks didn't even reach Wade's area, as in get near Parramatta's in goal line so he'd at least have an oppurtunite to , "Do a great catch" or "Save a certain try" or "Get into the field of play, when no one thought he could". You guys are saying Wade didn't play that well, i'm saying we didn't even put any pressure on him. You can't say you played well against a terrible oppisistion.
I edited my post, i hope my point is clearer.
 

Jesbass_old

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sebastian said:
Jesbass said:
sebastian said:
A experienced player isn't gonna play flash when the opsistion is playing like "the wiggles". I mean seriously what presure did we put Wade under, our kicks didn't even reach him 99% of the time, we didn't give him many chances to be the hero because we plainly sucked. Besides the 1st 20 minutes Parramatta never had field oppurtunites so that limited his chances. I don't think people reaslised how bad we played. We gave the oppisistion 2 trys by mistakes, totally dominated the 2nd half only to, knock-on, lose the ball, throw a forward pass, absoloutly kill 3 certain trys, 2 of which we already had the ball over the line. Wade didn't impress because he had no oppurtunities to impress.

Wait - not kicking the ball to the opposition fullback 99% of the time, and limiting his team from getting field position for 60 minutes is evidence of how badly we played? :? :lol:

1st my post was about Wade not having oppurtunities to play well, not how bad we played, i think you've looked at it from a different angle. Limiting his team from field posistion was indicating he had limited oppurtunites to play well. I said we we're playing bad due to our disgacefull mistake rate. I was also trying to say was that the kicks didn't even reach Wade's area, as in get near Parramatta's in goal line so he'd at least have an oppurtunite to , "Do a great catch" or "Save a certain try" or "Get into the field of play, when no one thought he could". You guys are saying Wade didn't play that well, i'm saying we didn't even put any pressure on him. You can't say you played well against a terrible oppisistion.
I edited my post, i hope my point is clearer.

Ah, now that makes a lot more sense, hehe! I was pretty certain you weren't saying what I posted above, but I couldn't read it any other way. Cheers for the clarification. :)
 

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