Post Match NRL 2018 - Round 21 - Dragons vs Warriors Post Match Discussion

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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,417
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
NRL 2018 - Round 21 - Dragons vs Warriors Post Match Discussion
St George-Illawarra Dragons vs New Zealand Warriors
WIN Stadium, Wollongong

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Thread to share your thoughts on the Round 21 game between the New Zealand Warriors and St George-Illawarra Dragons 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/2018-round-21.122/
 

leaguejunkie

1st Grade Fringe
Mar 20, 2016
1,938
Proud as but we played shit house in that second half. Too much high fiving and head patting going on after the first half. Fuck knows what Kearney says to them at half time. Probably something like "yeah ya-know, going good boys, ya-know stick to the process..." we just lacked any kind of intensity when we came back out, and it's not the first time that we've come back out flat. Kearney bro, get a motivational speaker, a good one, to write you up something to use at half time.
 

warriorsfan92

1st Grade Fringe
Oct 11, 2013
599
Dunedin, New Zealand
To all the tevaga haters, he was outstanding today.

Rts had a quality captains effort

Kata was actually alright today. Beale was great defensively.

Mannering put in a classic mannering workhorse effort

Isaac Luke is our key player. Without him, were no chance of a premiership.

Papalii is a future warriors great. 19 Years old. Unbelievable.

Great performance
 

snake77

Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 12, 2013
8,477
Again a game of two halves. That is supposed to be a cliche not a way of life.

Great first half with good go forward and high completions. Built into the game well and worked our way to get on top of them.

Second half started poor especially when you know the opposition will lift to turn the game around. Giving up two tries so quickly made the rest of the game a nervous watch. The last 30 or so was some pretty good scrambling defense. Still a lot of work to do though.

First win there since 1996 so need to celebrate that at least.
 

Apus

1st Grade Fringe
Sep 6, 2012
1,264
Eating hoodoos for lunch this year.

Bloody impressive showing from the forward pack. SJ not quite as involved as I'd have liked in that first but RTS more than made up for it. Kata...I dunno, I just don't want him in the side - he's greedy and predictable.

Still, that was a performance reminiscent of early in the year. We're getting some troops back - everyone made it through the game and hopefully we can build from here.
 

mtsmart

1st Grade Fringe
Jul 19, 2013
576
Missed a chance to go above the Broncos on the table. Both teams have 24 points, but Broncos at 7th cos of better PD. A win by the Warriors by 15+ would have put them ahead. RTS my MoM. Fusitua had a shocker, couple of errors could've had tries scored against them. Shudder to think what might have been if the Dragons hadn't had a player in the bin.
 

¿N. ig-mah¿

Warriors 1st Grader
May 1, 2012
6,081
Invercargill
Thank fuck for that.

Kata!!! Forward pass to ruin another guaranteed try. Another STUPID dummy half barge on the last to wreck another chance. Your 2 tries should not be enough to save your spot. Go home and learn to pass a ball.

Fusitua, good call to force your way into that last bomb to take your confidence back.

Blair, that last hit is why we paid the money for you. Big hits at big times.

RTS, great metres, but id love to see less jiggle, and more forward running.

I thought Jazz was great. Luke really seems to use him to try to gain ascendancy. Each time we were desperate for metres, Luke looked for him to trug the ball up and get us going.

Ken had great compossure throughout the game.
 

BiggerD

1st Grade Fringe
May 15, 2012
1,223
Sydney
The Warriors are best when all the "Key" players are together.
Last week against the Titans, the Warriors where down Blair & Green etc & played like crap in the 2nd half.

However, with the very experienced Blair back today, he led the team in critical moments.

A very good confidence win … They will upset a few teams in the finals.
 

Donal

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 10, 2014
164
Auckland
Well, if ever two weeks showed us the roller coaster life of a Warriors fan, it's these last two. Hopelessly outclassed by a mediocre side last week, out-muscled a seriously good side this week. Fantastic effort. And int he context of the season, a critical two points.

What on earth is it that has us not really there one week, and totally committed the next? No idea either, but this week we turned up with attitude at a horror venue for us and took the points.

And if you didn't believe in how important the 'spine' is, you will now. When we've got RTS, Blake Green, Shaun and Luke available and up for it, we are a very very hard team indeed to beat.

RTS in particular - what a game! And not just the individual effort, which was immense - that steal when Lafai looked all money to score - but did you notice his encouragement of his team-mates? First class captaincy.

Praise all round. I usen't rate Tevaga but he's really growing into the role, the off-load for Luke's try was terrific. And Beale is now fairly evidently a better bet than Hiku.

If I had a minor niggle, while Kata had a very good game, could someone please help him to judge when to go himself and when to give it to Maumalo (who was seriously pissed off at the lack of ball). We're playing with 12.5 men if one of our wingers is being part-starved of the ball.

But who really cares. This was a big game, we stood up when we needed to, and the eight beckons.
 

Iafetas Kickstand Wang

1st Grade Fringe
Jun 21, 2012
2,098
One of the greatest wins in our history. Rebounding off a poor flogging, haven’t won there since 1996, Gerard Sutton doing his best Kevin Hayne performance from when we played Penrith, and the response after the first ten minutes of that second half was incredible. Wow. That first half was great because we were patient and rolled them through the middle.

Poor Fusitua, his worst first grade performance and shit it nearly destroyed us.

Massive efforts from Luke, Papali’i, Beale, Ken, Adam Blair. But two lads who need a special mention are RTS who was just incredible today and Jazz Tevaga who was enormous saving our arses time and time again.
 

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