01 Jan 1970 12:00PM
In Union Auckland has always been reliant on imports. Off the top of my head, Carlos Spencer, the Brooke brothers, Rico Gear, Adrian Cashmore. With the Blues you can include many other players in North Harbour particularly.
In League Auckland is without doubt the heartland. The whole problem is getting players developed from their clubs etc up to NRL standard.
No sane person would do that. If his intention was to play Tuimoala Lolohea in the halves this season he would have played him there during preseason, the trials and gambled on him during the first quarter of the season.
I thought his plan was to bring Tuimoala into the halves next year? Or at least ease him in slowly.
The only way it makes sense IMO is he's hoping Tui will save his job. To me it reeks of desperation. Last roll of the dice material...
The Brookes were semi-imports - Zinny was born in Waiuku I believe and schooled in Warkworth. Yes they're technically Northland stock, but Wellsford/Warkworth is right on the cusp...
Not disagreeing with your point though, Auckland, as well as Union nationally, both reliant on imports. So many talented schoolboys get picked up and moved to better union schools. The Crusaders have been reliant on imports for years as well (McCaw, Read, the Franks boys, Flynn, the list of Crusaders imports is pretty long!)... As have the Highlanders. To be fair, even the chiefs have had their fair share.
Its not that simple. Unions strength is its the number 1 sport in NZ.I guess the real point is Union's real strength is in the provinces, always has been. Also the areas the Warriors have ignored.
Dont know why they didnt come out the gate desperate? This sounds as retarded as Simon Mannering saying in Round 22 last year that our season starts this week...
NRL: Warriors aim to be desperate
5:30 AM Friday Apr 15, 2016
Warriors' coach Andrew McFadden is demanding an improved effort from his forwards when they take on a big and mobile Canterbury Bulldogs pack in Wellington tomorrow night.
The Warriors forwards were outplayed in last Saturday's 34-18 defeat to Manly and McFadden hinted that some of his players were fortunate to retain their spots for the Westpac Stadium clash.
After producing strong performances in their wins over the Knights and Roosters, no Warriors forward managed more than 100m against Manly.
Kiwis prop Ben Matulino (94m) and Queensland State of Origin prop Jacob Lillyman (81m) had particularly quiet outings.
With the Warriors wallowing in 13th spot on the NRL ladder after four losses in their first six games, McFadden is expecting a strong response against a Bulldogs side boasting a formidable rotation of big men featuring captain James Graham, back-rower Tony Williams, and bench forwards Sam Kasiano and David Klemmer.
"That's certainly an area we need to be better at this weekend," said McFadden.
"I didn't like what our forwards did so they're going to have to really pick up their game and I know they're very determined.
"There are some guys that need to bounce back really quickly. Fortunately for them they'd had some good performances leading up to that [loss to Manly] so you don't want to be too reactive.
"You need to allow them to make amends for their performance on the weekend so it's important that we do respond."
Improved ball security and more desperation on defence are also high on the Warriors' list of priorities, after they coughed up numerous unforced errors and defensive lapses against the Sea Eagles.
Captain Ryan Hoffman knows his side need to be prepared for the Bulldogs' relentless forward power and believes the visitors get stronger as games progress thanks to the heavy artillery on their bench.
"Canterbury's strength is in their pack," said Hoffman. "If you look at the blokes coming off the bench they're bigger than the blokes starting so you know after that first little onslaught that it's only going to get harder.
"It's a great challenge for us. We take a lot of pride in our pack and we're looking forward to the challenge.
"Ball security, discipline, all those areas. We know we're a good team and we can do some very good things when we get some consistency and cohesion and that's what we're looking to put forward."
McFadden agrees ball control has been their Achilles heel and is imploring his side to be more measured with their offloads and passing and show more desperation when defending their own line.
"That [poor ball control] is what has probably let us down," McFadden said.
"We just force our hand sometimes and we've just got to keep it tight again and stick at it because when we get that right balance we're a very difficult team to stop.
"We've just got to be a bit more desperate.
"There are parts of our game that are really good defensively. We looked less likely to be broken on the edges, that's been a strong point.
"But there's times when we just need to be more desperate to get to the football first. It's something we've spoken about."
Bulldogs v Warriors
Westpac Stadium, 7.30pm
Bulldogs: Will Hopoate, Curtis Rona, Josh Morris, Kerrod Holland, Sam Perrett, Josh Reynolds, Moses Mbye, Aiden Tolman, Michael Lichaa, James Graham (c), Josh Jackson, Tony Williams ,Greg Eastwood.
Interchange: Sam Kasiano, Tim Browne, David Klemmer, Adam Elliot, Lloyd Perrett (one to be omitted).
Warriors: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jonathan Wright, Blake Ayshford, Solomone Kata, David Fusitua, Tuimoala Lolohea, Shaun Johnson, Sam Lisone, Isaac Luke, Ben Matulino, Bodene Thompson, Ryan Hoffman (c), Simon Mannering.
Interchange: Thomas Leuluai, Jacob Lillyman, Charlie Gubb, Konrad Hurrell, Ligi Sao (one to be omitted).
I think our club did ruin Konny, any other club he'd be a superstar, hes a centre not a bench forward. .... our coach has no clues when it comes to any selections, if we are honest we have NO punch anywhere on the park anymore... playing guys like Ayshford where Konny woukdve run over 3 players and scored.... All stars game he was brilliant. .... no one in the line up has that sort of destruction in them like Konny.Konnie was never a great player. He was a great highlight reel with serious flaws in his game. He had the potential to be a great player, but the only fuck ups was of his own doing.
Agree on the forwards comment. Our biggest issue this year is the inability of our forwards to break or bend the line. Even a tackle bust here and there would be nice. I don't think it's a size thing so much as us not having support runners and the inability of some players to use anything resembling a step. Hard to bend the line or break a tackle when 3 guys see you coming and know the ball isn't going anywhere else.
Not to sure why this club is always lacking motivation every few weeks but it does feel like all of a sudden we get a flat performance and we get told "Not sure why we didn't turn up". We have been hearing that for the last 20 years from different captains and coaches.
No idea either.Not to sure why this club is always lacking motivation every few weeks but it does feel like all of a sudden we get a flat performance and we get told "Not sure why we didn't turn up". We have been hearing that for the last 20 years from different captains and coaches.
I think our club did ruin Konny, any other club he'd be a superstar, hes a centre not a bench forward. .... our coach has no clues when it comes to any selections, if we are honest we have NO punch anywhere on the park anymore... playing guys like Ayshford where Konny woukdve run over 3 players and scored.... All stars game he was brilliant. .... no one in the line up has that sort of destruction in them like Konny.
we chained up a Lion and now hes kinda lost his way.
Interesting comment. The story I recall from Dean Bell was that they swooped on him when the ARU were a bit slow. Sounds a good story to me, Bell justifying himself again.His attitude issues had been documented at school boy rugby level, and the union development system let him go.
We did not ruin Konnie, he did it all himself. He was suspended twice for raising his knees and had to alter his running style or be banned from the game.I think our club did ruin Konny, any other club he'd be a superstar, hes a centre not a bench forward. .... our coach has no clues when it comes to any selections, if we are honest we have NO punch anywhere on the park anymore... playing guys like Ayshford where Konny woukdve run over 3 players and scored.... All stars game he was brilliant. .... no one in the line up has that sort of destruction in them like Konny.
we chained up a Lion and now hes kinda lost his way.