Pick Your Team Pick Your Team 2021 Rnd 7 - Storm vs Warriors

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Louim8

Yeah I would. He’s bigger and more athletic than Turner. Which is basically all I’m leaning on.

I don’t have any confidence in Turner defending Olam or Reimis 1v1 if he gets isolated at center.

I thought the Dragons halves were extremely poor tonight at targeting Turner out wide. I also thought that Montoya was excellent at jamming set plays which reduced the pressure on Turner.

Offensively I think both Turner and Berry will be fine at centre, but I think Berry will handle the defensive pressure better.

On a side note, I wish we had some versatile second rowers that could fill in at center, maybe Sironen or Murchie could be worth a shot.
I thought turner looked good despite playing out of position.

Have not seen much of berry but he must be quite fast if you are saying he is more athletic than turner, turner to my eyes was lightning quick off the mark to score that try and matchs what little i have seen of him im highlights.
 
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Rick O'Shay

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Don’t wish to hurt any daffodils feelings out there but I don’t think we’re a shit show of beating the Storm in Melbourne on ANZAC day.

Nobody expects us to win this game and with Hiku/Pompey out for a while it’s the perfect time to blood a couple of players leading into the Cowboys game the following week which is winnable.
Exactly the reason we can win and have done so in the past.
 
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snake77

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Unlucky for Turner if he is out injured. He would of been a good chance of a start this week.

We are having rotten luck with injuries.
 
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Lance155

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Unlucky for Turner if he is out injured. He would of been a good chance of a start this week.

We are having rotten luck with injuries.
Would love to know what their original plan was with him for the last 2 games. Would we have seen Kodi play some 9?
 
Stalefish540

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Would love to know what their original plan was with him for the last 2 games. Would we have seen Kodi play some 9?
Too disruptive you'd imagine, can only have been to give Egan a short rest surely.
 
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Aman

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Jesus this injury toll is something else. Media makes alot about it for the knights and Roosters but not a mention of us.
 
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xWarrior

Any news on Hayze? He looked promising playing centre last year. He's one of the players we have that got flare in them. All these injuries suck but it sure does give opportunities to the others, all positions up for grabs. Alot of wraps on Berry, who knows he might have a cracker of a game and cement that centre position.
 
Miket12

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Rugby league: The Warriors' plan to deal with mounting injuries ahead of NRL clash against Storm​

Warriors coach Nathan Brown may be forced to get creative over the next few weeks to deal with a mounting injury toll – especially in the backline.

Sunday's 20-14 win against the Dragons was a welcome tonic and puts a different complexion on the first quarter of the season, particularly after the inexplicable loss to the Sea Eagles last week.

But there were more casualties from the game at Kogarah Oval, with senior centre Peta Hiku (dislocated shoulder) the most unfortunate. Wing Ken Maumalo battled a leg strain through the match, while Adam Pompey left the field with an ankle problem late in the second half.

It means that the Warriors could face the Storm on Sunday with only two of their first choice backline from round one (Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Kodi Nikorima) and yet more fresh faces, with Euan Aitken, Chanel Harris-Tavita and David Fusitua already sidelined.

Centre could be a particular problem, if Pompey joins Hiku and Euan Aitken (ankle) on the unavailable list and Marcelo Montoya is needed to cover the wing.

'We are not having much luck there, for whatever reason," said Brown. "[Injuries] are starting to mount up a bit high, a bit too high than what you would like. Clubs sometimes go through bad runs and sometimes you have good runs."

Brown has alternatives, though they were mostly rookies.

"We've got some young ones here that have been knocking on the door for a while," said Brown. "Rocco Berry, young Reece Welsh has been training with us for a week, a few other development players.

"We've got some young blokes there that need to play football and the only way they are going to get better is by playing [but] sometimes you get forced to play them sooner than you'd like."

Brown was thrilled with Sunday's overall effort, in a performance that melded accuracy and commitment. The Warriors were solid in the grind (39/40 completions), creative when they needed to be and strong on defence.

They were also gritty, regularly finding a way out of tough situations.

The Dragons led 14-12 heading into the final 15 minutes and seemed to have the wind in their sails following Matt Dufty's try, in front of a vocal crowd, but the visitors refused to yield.

"We've lost a couple of close ones this year and won a couple of close ones," said Brown. "All our games seem to be pretty tight at the moment."

There was a marked offensive improvement on Sunday, with the Warriors looking much more threatening, engineering breaks up the middle and out wide.

"We were a lot better with the ball," said Brown. "We need to keep working hard and but it was a nice improvement.

"The ball got to the right people much quicker. It's like any side that is going to do well, you need your best players to get the ball quick. It seemed to change a little bit [on Sunday] and hopefully we can continue to work on it."

It wasn't perfect – Brown felt his team were too conservative in the first half – but they profited from taking more chances after the break.

In a solid team performance, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was exceptional.
The captain carried for 265 metres from 26 runs and was a constant threat, with two line breaks and several other half breaks.

He put the stamp on his 100th match with a wonderful solo try, eluding three defenders after swift transfers from Sean O'Sullivan and Kodi Nikorima.

"He always competes hard," said Brown. "He's actually wants to get the ball in his hands and you need your best players to want the ball, especially in tough and tight situations.

"He came up with some good plays for us [on Sunday] and moving forward for the rest of this year it's obviously something that [we've] just got to keep chipping away at. If Roger keeps getting himself in good spots, hopefully he can come up with good plays for us."

 
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