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Tigers v Warriors

VENUE & TIME: Jade Stadium, Christchurch, Saturday night - 17:30 AEDT
HEAD TO HEAD: Played 10, Tigers 6, Warriors 4
COVERAGE: Fox Sports, 2GB, 4BC, ABC radio
LAST TIME: Warriors 21 - Tigers 4 at Ericsson Stadium, round 12, 2005

WALKING WOUNDED
If the loss of star five-eighth Benji Marshall for a couple of weeks with a fractured cheekbone wasn't bad enough, the Tigers will now have to do without another attacking weapon in hooker Robbie Farah, who will miss up to six weeks with a broken hand. Big prop Bryce Gibbs suffered severe concussion last week, but will miss regardless due to suspension. Centre Shane Elford (knee), utility Dean Halatau (shoulder), Chris Heighnington (eye socket) are all unavailable for another two weeks.
The Warriors remain injury free.

FORM
The Tigers were forced into a power battle with the Bulldogs last Friday night and came up well short of the mark. Without Marshall's dynamic presence in attack, they posed few questions to the Bulldogs' defence, who were on a physical mission to say the least. The Tigers missed a staggering 67 tackles in the match.
The Warriors needed a big start to the season in the hope of making up their well-publicised shortfall on the premiership ladder, but it simply hasn't happened. They were poor against the Eels last weekend and looked rudderless without Stacey Jones calling the shots. Wooden spoon material for sure.

WHO'S HOT
Tigers skipper Brett Hodgson performed admirably from the back last week in the face of a Bulldogs barrage. He rarely has a bad game these days even in a losing side.

WHO'S NOT
For the Tigers, evergreen prop Bryce Gibbs learned a few lessons about first grade footy last Friday night when he came off second best in a battle with Bulldogs' enforcer Mark O'Meley. The end result was Gibbs being carried off on a stretcher after positioning his head wrongly in a tackle.
Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei. The big Kiwi Test player couldn't catch a cold last Saturday night as he bumbled and fumbled his way through the entire 80 minutes.

KEY MATCH-UPS
Scott Prince v Nathan Fien
Paul Whatuira v Clinton Toopi
Ryan O'Hara v Steve Price

LIKE TO SEE
Scotty Prince take greater control in attack for the Tigers in the absence of Farah and Marshall. He failed to ask questions of the Bulldogs defence last week, preferring mainly to pass and kick.

WOULDN'T LIKE TO SEE
The Tigers fall in a heap due to an alarming number of early season injuries. One thing this club didn't have to worry about last season was a lack of troops, but they are now finding out just how debilitating the loss of a few key men can be.

WE THINK
The Warriors have never won in New Zealand outside of Auckland, but that may change this weekend against the understrength Tigers. Injuries to some key forwards and the loss of attacking linchpin, Marshall, certainly brings the premiers back to the field. The Warriors have no injury concerns and should be desperate for their first win of the season. Warriors by 8.
 

da mad maori

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Thats a bit picky

Look, there are no weak teams coming outa Oz. Their minor leagues are far superior to our Bartercard. This understrength thing doesnt wash with me. We've still gotta battle on our hands.
 

AmeriKiwi_old

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Polar Bob said:
"Aheaad". damn Boston speak.

Do you mean Boston T-A-A-A-L-K, Polar Bob? And "aheaad" is somewhere between Kennedy and Alabama "speak". :lol:
 

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