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mt.wellington

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NRL 2018 Round 22 - Warriors vs Knights TEAM LIST
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NZWF Official thread for the 2018 Round 22 Warriors team list and discussion...

The official team list will be posted as soon as it becomes available...
 

Makasene

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Ponga and Pearce racing clock to take on Warriors
Author Brad Walter Senior Reporter
Mon 6 Aug 2018, 08:02 PM

Kalyn Ponga is hoping Mitchell Pearce recovers from a thigh injury in time to play in Newcastle’s match against the Warriors on Friday night so the pair can continue to build their combination ahead of next season.

Pearce failed to finish last week’s 25-10 loss to Wests Tigers, while Ponga is also battling a nagging ankle injury.

With Pearce having missed nine matches earlier this season after tearing a pectoral muscle and Ponga suffering a torn hamstring in the round 16 clash with Canterbury, the Knights star 2018 recruits have not played together as often as they had hoped.

Ponga had his first training session with the team since the Bulldogs clash on Monday but Pearce was unable to take part in the session and five-eighth Connor Watson is rated little hope of making the trip to Auckland after missing the Tigers match last Friday night.

“It does suck that I haven’t been able to train with the boys and vice-versa – other people haven’t been able to train as well,” Ponga said.

“It’s hard to build combinations and get a feel for how everyone else plays, and a lot of boys aren’t training because of injury as well, which isn’t ideal as well but you just do the best you can.”

Knights coach Nathan Brown remains optimistic that Pearce will play against the Warriors and Ponga said the 29-year-old former NSW Origin halfback had a significant influence on Newcastle’s fortunes.

“He is one of those sort of players who even at training just somehow has the knack to make other people better,” Ponga said. “I think that is a true credit to how good he is.

“I think early on I didn’t really know how to take him, he is a different character but he has had a lot of influence on myself and the other boys. He is a very smart football player and if I want to get better I need to pick his brains.

“It is not only footy but he also talks about well-being and health, and all of that sort of stuff as well, which is pretty interesting.”

Brown said Pearce and Ponga would be named in his 21-man squad on Tuesday but Watson will miss the Warriors clash.

“Him and Mitchell together have played five times for four wins and the other game Connor came off against the Roosters very early so we haven’t had an opportunity to watch all of them together,” Brown said.

“Kalyn actually did a little bit of training today with the team. That is the first time he has trained with the team for five or six weeks. Mitchell didn’t train but we are hopeful of him playing.”

If Pearce is ruled out, Brown said he would be reluctant to move Ponga to the halves as his preferred position is fullback but he indicated that Brock Lamb is unlikely to be recalled and may not play NRL for the Knights again.

“There are couple of players we need to have conversations with,” Brown said. “The last indication we got was that Brock was definitely going to leave the club. Where that is at the minute I don’t know.”

Interchange forward Josh King failed suffered a hamstring injury at training on Monday and failed to finish the session but he is expected to be named for the match against the Warriors.


https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/08/06/ponga-and-pearce-racing-the-clock-to-take-on-warriors/
 

Aman

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Careful. Thats what we thought the warriors wld do against the titans.
I'll be honest I didn't think that at all. All the punters backing the warriors that week talking about our 14/15 win record against them and how we have everything to play for and they are done. I knew straight away it was gonna be banana skin game and I said the same on on the game day comments. This feels different after last weeks win (touch wood) boys finally look like their at full strength and playing to a game plan. Plus the Mt Smart faithful deserve it.
 

wellyboy

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I'll be honest I didn't think that at all. All the punters backing the warriors that week talking about our 14/15 win record against them and how we have everything to play for and they are done. I knew straight away it was gonna be banana skin game and I said the same on on the game day comments. This feels different after last weeks win (touch wood) boys finally look like their at full strength and playing to a game plan. Plus the Mt Smart faithful deserve it.
Believe me. I want the warriors to put on a big score but the trend this year is that we shut down offensively for 1 half of the game.
 
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Aman

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The fuse has been ignited...Next it will be Drink , then Drugs to get that buzz again. Then finally selling your body to get a spare couple of bucks to throw on the Warriors. Not even church can help you now bro. Straight to hell with you. Sad sad soul.
I'm a sucker for punishment. I thought that was mandatory for a warriors supporter?
 

Miket12

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Apr 20, 2012
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I'm a sucker for punishment. I thought that was mandatory for a warriors supporter?
When I get to the Pearly Gates and St Peter tells me I have to go to Purgatory first, I'll just say "No need, I've already served my time - I was a Warriors Fan!!!!"
 

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Luke set for 250th in Women in League clash
Author Richard Becht & Photosport.nz
Veteran hooker Issac Luke is set to bring up his 250th career appearance when he lines up in an unchanged starting side for the Vodafone Warriors’ Harvey Norman Women in League clash against Newcastle at Mount Smart Stadium on Friday night (8.00pm kick-off; match day sponsor: Harvey Norman).

The 31-year-old Luke, who has been in outstanding form this season, was on target to achieve the 250-game milestone against St George Illawarra last weekend until a calf injury side-lined him for the Gold Coast defeat on July 29.

Returning for his 249th game last weekend, Luke produced another stellar performance in the memorable 18-12 win over the Dragons. He scored a try – his fifth of the season – made five dummy half runs and came up with 49 tackles.

The 43-Test Kiwi plays his 62nd game for the Vodafone Warriors on Friday after moving to Mount Smart Stadium in 2016 following 188 games for South Sydney since his debut in 2007.

Luke will take his place in a starting line-up unchanged from the one used in the club’s first win over the Dragons in 11 attempts at Wollongong’s WIN Stadium.

Adam Blair will again be on the right edge this week with Simon Mannering at loose forward for his 297th NRL appearance.

Bunty Afoa has been included on the bench with the club hoping to overturn a one-match suspension he’s facing for a dangerous contact charge from Saturday’s match.

Also listed in the four frontline choices on the bench are utility Jazz Tevaga – coming off an exceptional 56 tackles on Saturday – plus Leivaha Pulu and utility back Peta Hiku.

The other four players completing the extended bench are centre Anthony Gelling, back rower Joseph Vuna, prop Chris Satae and hooker Karl Lawton.

Friday’s night encounter is the only meeting between the Vodafone Warriors and the 11th-placed Knights this season.

Having achieved the best away record in the club’s history last week – 8-3 with one game to go – the Vodafone Warriors go into the match in eighth spot on 26 points. A win in this match would give them their 13th victory of the year, their best regular-season return since 2011.

In 38 matches so far, the Vodafone Warriors have a 19-18 edge over Newcastle with one match drawn.

The Knights won the last time the teams met in Newcastle last year following four wins on end by the Vodafone Warriors. The Vodafone Warriors have won 11 of the last 12 matches against the Knights in Auckland, their last loss coming in 2012.
 
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