Post Match NRL 2017 - Round 8 - Storm vs Warriors Post Match Discussion

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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,191
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
NRL 2017 - Round 8 - Storm vs Warriors Post Match Discussion
Melbourne Storm ? vs ? New Zealand Warriors
AAMI Stadium, Melbourne

Thread to share your thoughts on the Round 8 game between the New Zealand Warriors and the Melbourne Storm after the match. Name your Man of the Match, discuss the coach, captain, starting team, bench, opposition, game tactics, substitutions, errors (or lack thereof), penalties (or lack thereof) highs, lows, refs etc.

Dont forget to rate the players... https://www.nzwarriors.com/matches/2017-r8.84/
 

RiceOwl

1st Grade Fringe
Mar 28, 2015
306
Couple of observations straight after the game.

Effort - There was a lot of it. We are definitely a better team than we were last year and I think we will get into the 8 (just). Always bloody tough to win in Melbourne but they stood up.

Foran - Noticeably limping early on. Had a couple of great reads on D, but didnt fire on attack too much (hammie giving him trouble?).

Hoff - Playing his best footie in a Warriors jersey. A true professional.

SJ - Played with a lot of heart and guts today. Couple of small errors in judgement, but was the better half today.

Ken - Big Ken. Not sure what to do with him, he really is Manu 2.0. It does beg the question, why dont we have conventional wingers.

Kata - Hooked or hurt???

MOM - Hard to split RTS and Gavet again. Both were awesome once again. We need to get Gavet a contract extension.

Refs - Pretty rubbish across the board. Some really odd calls both ways. Foot on the line...bloody close, well close enough for a check by the bunker! But shit the Storm get away with so much rubbish (leg pull on SJ...play on???) like lying all over the ruck and having bodies all through the defensive line. Ugh.

Overall...disappointed we didnt get the 2pts. We could have. But I am seeing this team grow and this was definitely a huge improvement on the last couple of seasons.
 

BeastMode

Warriors 1st Grader
Mar 7, 2015
5,786
Strong effort.

Ironically if Kata was on the field Storm might not have won.

Maumalo is still mud.

Thompson at Centre is dirt.
 
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Jordan G

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Good game. Didn't get many calls go our way, and Kata getting injured was a big turning point with Thompson getting roasted when we had the momentum going our way.

As usual my concerns haven't changed. Forward pack outgunned, proper wingers showing how advantageous proper wingers are etc.
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,191
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Boys can hold their heads up high. They really gave it their all and did themselves proud. Silly errors at crucial times are killing us. The difference in our defence is just amazing. You can tell that Kearneys system is starting to click with the team.

Despite the loss Im happy with the effort. Truth be told I was expecting a massacre.

Did Ligi Sao even come on? Should have had Bunty on for real impact.

Something needs to be done about the amount of bullshit calls the refs give us. No one was offside when they penalised us before the break. Getting really sick of it...
 

Wellington Warrior

Warriors 1st Grader
May 15, 2012
4,970
Wellington, New Zealand
I hope like hell Lillyman is one of the player told he isn't needed next year. Did nothing but miss tackles at one point!!! Flopping at the feet and not getting up to marker left us exposed for that last try.

Please dear god buy someone like NAS...he was massive!!!

We didn't shit the bed in the second half so that's an improvement. BUT we sure run out of gas about the 60 minute mark. Line speed stopped, forwards stopped going forward. Foran MIA in latter parts of the second half.

Would be nice to have a winger (yes Maumalo I mean you) with some brains and speed!!!
 

Jordan G

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Boys can hold their heads up high. They really gave it their all and did themselves proud. Silly errors at crucial times are killing us. The difference in our defence is just amazing. You can tell that Kearneys system is starting to click with the team.

Despite the loss Im happy with the effort. Truth be told I was expecting a massacre.

Did Ligi Sao even come on? Should have had Bunty on for real impact.

Something needs to be done about the amount of bullshit calls the refs give us. No one was offside when they penalised us before the break. Getting really sick of it...
Sao came on during the HT break when Kata didn't come back out. 15min stint at most.
 

The Truth

1st Grade Fringe
Jun 17, 2013
823
No problems with how the team played.
Refs were shit.
Melbourne are cheating wankers on defence and offence.
Few calls went out way and we win.
Effort was definitely there.

Only real problem apart from what I listed is the decisions to take the 2 both times.
Never been a fan when there is a lot of time on the clock.
Puts pressure on you to get out of your half and takes away the opportunity to build pressure and get repeat sets and or 6 points.
With the game the way it is, you might not get more than 2 opportunities in a half for a full set attacking the line. Poor calls both times.
Didn't mind the one out running but thought we look much more aggressive and made more meters going wide early.