General Warriors 2018 Season Review

What grade would you give the team for this season?

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warriors4eva

1st Grade Fringe
May 21, 2012
1,768
Hamilton
Very positive signs in 2018.

The boys have to be very proud to get where they go after where they came from.

I was one at the start who said top 8 was a definite possibility and if we got in the 8 , after the years they we have had, that would be great. i know alot of people, even on here said no chance of the 8, more of a change of getting the spoon , which i still find strange from supposed supporters. I was happy with the recruitment, we bought solid players, no super stars, just good team players and look how they turned out.

All in all, happy with the year, in the 8 all year, and only 2 points from minor premiership, and about 160 points for and against LMAO, but even after the disappointment of saturday i enjoyed the season boys and will see you all again March 2019.
 

razzrillinger

1st Grade Fringe
Nov 8, 2016
1,799
Genuinely thought we'd run last, so 8th to me and 1 win off 1st was a huge success.

The expectations rose for the team with each win, right to the end where a loss in the 1st round was seen as a poor ending. But before the season started I think the majority of fans would have been quite happy with that outcome.

The club and team are definitely on the right path and I am really excited for what next season brings.
 

Will7

U20's Player
Apr 11, 2016
17
What a great year some ups and downs but overall huge improvement looking forward to seeing how the boys play next year after another good hard preseason with corvo Brett Kimmorley said at the beginning of the year that it takes eighteenth months to get fit and be consisten
 
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ExpatSupporter

U20's Player
Jul 11, 2013
12
I give the overall season a B. Disappointing last match, but with much better infrastructure in place potential to improve further next season.

Think there will be some more movement player-wise before next year’s comp starts. For me the priority, if we can’t re-sign Luke on fair terms, is to recruit a decent replacement. No certainty Roache will return to even the level he was, given the seriousness of his injury. For me, neither Lawton or Tevaga cut it at No9. If Luke goes, we should try to entice Brandon Smith from the Storm. Given Cameron Smith is playing on (maybe for 2 more years according to Bellamy) Brandon might be open to an opportunity elsewhere, in his specialist position. He’s probably still on contract with Storm next year but that doesn’t seem to matter anymore.

Last, but not least, a big ‘shout-out’ to the moderators on this Site for the great job they continue to do. Hopefully the job has been more enjoyable with some improvement in on-field results. Many thanks.
 

matiunz

All Out!
Contributor
Jul 15, 2013
7,324
Sydney
Had to laugh at Triple m’s Warriors season reveview yesterday, started off most of them bagging the shit out of the Warriors saying how disappointing our season was and how we were expected to be top 4 and we just ‘scraped into the 8’ (side note: that narrative is pissing me off, we never left the 8 all season and going by their logic then half the 8 ‘Scraped in’ and the top 4 only got in by 1 win).
This went on until Tallis jumped in and was “most people were picking them for the spoon and for Kearney to be the first coach sacked, they were in the top 4 for a long time and made the finals- I’d call that success”. Was stoked to hear Tallis call their bullshit
 

¿N. ig-mah¿

Warriors 1st Grader
May 1, 2012
6,081
Invercargill
Genuinely thought we'd run last, so 8th to me and 1 win off 1st was a huge success.

The expectations rose for the team with each win, right to the end where a loss in the 1st round was seen as a poor ending. But before the season started I think the majority of fans would have been quite happy with that outcome.

The club and team are definitely on the right path and I am really excited for what next season brings.
Its not the loss in final #1 that upsets most, but the way they lost. It was weak and disappointing. Pretty solid defence, but full of fumble-fingers, aimless last play options, and senior players looking out of their depth. Im proud of them for making the finals, but id b pissed to ever see such a finals game again. Disappointed in Simon. He was so slow and awkward. If his sternum injury was the cause we would have been better to limit his minutes. Disappointed in Kata in season 5, but still making rookie mistakes. Disappointed in Luke. Stupid cocky kick-off that he has done too often. Disappointed in SJ the most. Never even tried to put his hand up. Reverted to the total waste of time 40 metre bomb. If he had shortened it up to 30 metres, Fus could have been right in there contesting. The Blair mistake, i think is a little harsh. The offload was on. I was screaming for it. Unfortunately, by the time he got the Panther hand off the ball, he was an inch off the ground. Just took him too long. If he had freed it quicker, it would have been a master play. A mistake - yes. Unforgivable - no. A turning point - absolutely
 

Hardyman's Yugo

1st Grade Fringe
Jun 2, 2017
2,692
Lancashire, England
Heading in the right direction. We were two points off top spot, six ahead of ninth so no way did we sneak into the playoffs

If we can strengthen in the right positions in the close season and keep the team spirit going we shoukd make the eight again, hopefully the four. Who knows then.

A bit more composure needed from some players but that comes with experience.
 

Hardyman's Yugo

1st Grade Fringe
Jun 2, 2017
2,692
Lancashire, England
I've thoroughly enjoyedthis season, a competitive and improving team in a close competition. I've still, no idea who is going to win the thing It's that close.

All helped by the fact I left my job and was given extended 'gardening leave' for my notice period back in July so have spent the summer watching RL and cricket on the telly, doing the garden, going on bike rides, helping my daughter with her college work, posting on here, only taking the occasional phone call from our lass enquiring if I have tidied the house, hung the washing out etc..

Reality bites on 24 September when I start the new job.
 

Off The Bench

Warriors 1st Grader
Jan 26, 2014
3,170
https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/leagu...for-centre-stage-but-happy-to-wing-it-for-now (and said it this time around too).

I have also heard Kearney on a couple of occasions talk about the potential of a move.

I reckon it is 70/30 he stays on the wing, but probably depends on whether there is movement out of the club over the off season.

Yep its my pick for next season to .
On a positive he has played there before an can put his winger away.
He's also now a lot more mature as a player an I' wouldn't be surprised
If he nails it .
For me the only question is who is his winger ?
I want to see the twin towers Fus an Ken .
 

Swanley

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 13, 2012
2,741
Tonbridge, Kent, UK
This season has far exceeded my wildest expectations.

Keep Corvo and we will make the finals again next year.

Looking at the roster for next year, we are not any worse off. Losing Mannering is more of a heart felt blow as the mind could see he was looking like his body had, had enough, and am glad he never hung on for one year too long like Thurston did/has.

Signing Ah Mau strengthens the forwards , I just want us to sign a classy centre. Unfortunately, two of our top 3 choices have glaring deficiencies, Kata, not passing, Hiku and his tackling. I'd like Fusitua to play centre.

Next season will be the real test as a lot of people will be expecting us to make the 8.
 

Defence

Warriors 1st Grader
May 9, 2012
5,864
A
Rts

B
Passi
Luke
Harris
Sj
Green
Fusitua
Maumalo

C
Blair
Afoa
Papalii
Gavet
Tevaga
Lawton
Pulu
Hiku
Mannering
Lino
Hiku
Kata

D
Vete
Satae
Sao
Gelling
Beale
Lisone
 
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Tim burgess

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May 20, 2012
1,294
The article of the season review in the Sunday Star Timesfrom Cameron was refreshing. He is talking about an collective approach to achieving success.

I like the fact the membership team have targets of filling the stadium to its capacity each week. Obviously, the on field results will make this aim easier.

For the first time the club is demonstrating behaviours of becoming a successful sporting organisation.

On field 2018 was a definite success, big improvement and credit to SK for helping to deliver the big improvements.
 

ttkk19

1st Grade Fringe
Sep 21, 2013
745
Warriors season in review: Alex Corvo
David Long13:52, Sep 17 2018
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PHOTOSPORT
Warriors high performance manager Alex Corvo says the players will know what to expect from him when they return to training.
In part two of Stuff's review of the Warriors' 2018 season, the club's high performance manager Alex Corvo gave his insight into the campaign.

Corvo joined the Warriors from the Broncos and is renowned as one of the best trainers in the NRL. A criticism thrown at the Warriors in previous seasons was that the players faded at the back end of games. Well, that doesn't appear to be a problem any more and from their very first game the difference was clear.

In this interview, Corvo reflected on the season and what he made of his first year at the club.

THE COACHING GURU

Alex Corvo was held up as one of the biggest signings of the season when it was announced he was joining the Warriors.

READ MORE
* Warriors in review: George
* Warriors humbled by Dragons

He had a low profile at the Storm and Broncos, but with the Warriors often being questioned about their fitness, it wasn't a surprise that he was being held in such high esteem and made headlines.

Corvo: Being realistic, I'm only playing a part in the overall performance of the team. I don't go out on the field to make any tackles or carry the ball.

So that puts things in perspective, but I was amazed to hear some of the things that were being said, but I didn't get distracted by it.


PHOTOSPORT
Like the other players, David Fusitua and Ken Maumalo were dejected after their loss to the Panthers in the playoffs.
EARLY DAYS

The Warriors players knew about Corvo's reputation as a tough trainer and he found them willing to improve. However, their expectations off what being fit enough to play in the NRL were different to Corvo's.

Corvo: There was no problem with the attitude, work ethic or anything else. I didn't just click my fingers and that happened.

They were willing, they were waiting and they were wanting some direction and that's what I was there for.

I certainly let them know what I thought were the minimum standards and the standards we needed to get to.

For a lot of them it was an eye opener, they were living in a bit of a dream world and they thought they were able to compete at the highest level with the work they'd done previously.

But I knew from experience that that wasn't going to be the case.

All the clubs I started at were well short of where I thought they needed to be. So it's not really a reflection on the players, because the majority of NRL players I've worked with are more than willing to work at the level they need to. If they aren't they won't survive.

PRE-SEASON

With a number of Warriors playing at last year's World Cup, they needed to have their break after the tournament. This meant their pre-season was disrupted.

Corvo: We had half of our squad that wasn't able to train until January, so the length of our preseason was half of what it should have been.

So any results were always going to be minimal. Whilst I was reasonably happy and we were in reasonable shape at the start of the year, I still think we could have been a lot better.

But our results were due to a combination of things and I also think that some of the teams we played early in the year probably weren't prepared as well as they should have been.

So that's why I've always had the philosophy that we want to start the season in the best shape we can, because we want to get some wins against teams that might not be in the same position.

THE SEASON

Once the season is underway, the role Corvo has in the team altered as the emphasis changed to getting the team prepared for each game.

Corvo: The work you do during the season in a normal week is probably half what you do in pre-season.

The biggest factor in the season is the game and that's a huge physical requirement on the players. So you'd be crazy not to take that into account.

Then it's all about getting the boys prepared as best you can for the next week in the time you've got.

Any high level conditioning work doesn't happen in season, it's all done before then.

Any conditioning in season is really individual, depending on who the player is and what his status is, in terms of injuries and game time.

You've got to have an understanding of where the athlete is at and treat them accordingly.

INJURIES

While there were injuries to the likes of Shaun Johnson, Tohu Harris, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Blake Green and a few others during the year. This season there wasn't the massive injury toll of recent years, where by the back end of the season half the team was reserve grade players.

Corvo: Some injuries are unavoidable and some aren't. My philosophy is that if you build a resilient athlete, you'll have one who'll train better than a non resilient one, then it will lead to reduced injuries.

Teams that have high injury rates, with injuries that are avoidable, it's because the players aren't conditioned properly.

There are injuries that are avoidable and unfortunately some that aren't.

We had a few of the avoidable ones, there were one or two soft tissue injuries that I wasn't happy about, but there isn't a team in any football competition that doesn't have some of those.

THE CAMPAIGN OVERALL

It was a year of big improvements for the Warriors, to make the finals for first time since 2011 and bring crowds back to Mt Smart Stadium. But it did all come to a sudden and disappointing end with the 27-12 loss to the Panthers in the first round of the playoffs.

Corvo: To me, making the finals is a pass. But let's be honest, we were poor last week.

We've got to be better and I'm burning inside, If we've got players or staff that aren't burning, they're probably not people we want here.

We can't be walking away happy with what we've done. It's a pass and there's room for improvement.

THE UPCOMING PRESEASON

Once again, a number of Warriors will be playing late into the year. Either with Tonga or for the Kiwis in their test against Australia and then the series against England.

Corvo: It's going to be a careful management procedure. There will be players playing their last game in is November, so we won't see them a great deal before Christmas, other than to check on their progress.

They're going to have a shortened preseason and that's not ideal, but it's what our sport sometimes throws at us and it's something that the Kiwi boys have been very familiar with.

I would have loved to have had Shaun [Johnson] and Roger [Tuivasa-Sheck] for a full preseason. Especially Shaun, although he might not feel the same way as me!

But we'll make do as best we can and even in the short time I had Shaun during the last preseason we were able to make some significant gains in lots of different areas and I've already spoken to him that we can make him a better, more resilient athlete still.

THE SECOND YEAR

When the players start work for the 2019 season, they should have an understanding of what Corvo wants from him and this was something he experienced at his previous clubs

Corvo: When players come back for second year, they're in better shape and mindset for it

Last year the players might have had the excuse that they didn't know what to expect.

Well they certainly know now and I'd be disappointed if they don't turn up prepared for that.

If they're not prepared, they're sending off a message to myself and the coaches that perhaps they don't want to be an NRL player and if that's the case then we'll find others that do.

They've got some targets they need to reach before they come back, so there's no confusion as to what's expected.

I think with the culture we developed over the year, it won't be a problem.

Stuff

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/107140037/warriors-season-in-review-alex-corvo
 

ttkk19

1st Grade Fringe
Sep 21, 2013
745
Just posting up the article from East Stand's link, cheers mate.
Anything related to the season or review can go in here, anything related to Cameron George specifically can go in the discussion currently taking place in his thread. The admins don't like having to move comments so try keep it on topic, thanks fam.

Warriors season in review: Cameron George

David Long05:00, Sep 16 2018
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ANDREW CORNAGA/ PHOTOSPORT
Warriors CEO Cameron George wants the end of season review to be thorough.
The 2018 Warriors season will go down as one where the club bounced back from seven years in the wilderness to finish in the top eight.

But it will also be remembered as one where the club fell at the first hurdle in the finals, getting outplayed by the Panthers.

CEO Cameron George agreed to lift the lid on what really happened inside the Warriors this year, revealing information that up until now had been kept behind closed doors.


This internal mission statement showed that the Warriors went out to win the Premiership this season.
George broke down the season to six key events that impacted their campaign and then looked ahead to how they intend to be better next year, on and off the field.



PRE SEASON GOAL

The Warriors produced a graphic which was given to all the key people before the season began with targets on what they wanted to achieve.

These included getting respect from the media, bringing back the fans to Mt Smart Stadium and most importantly of all, winning this year's Premiership.

George: We never set out to make the top eight, we never set out to make the top four, we set out to win the thing, that was our internal position we took.

In my first presentation about what we were going to achieve this year and what it would take, the key was anything was possible.

My whole line throughout the year was that every time we play we're there to win and when that expectation filtered through the club, it meant that if we were doing that more often than not, we're going to give ourselves a good chance to achieve that objective.

But every week was a new week and every game a new game, so it required the commercial staff to promote it, to fill the stadium, to get more members here, then the team had to prepare themselves well and we had to give them the right environment to play well.

So it all gelled together each week to win that game, it was across the organisation, it wasn't just football, it took everyone to win.

That was a real shift in mindset from us and them, the commercial side and the footy side.

We can't be sitting on our hands hoping the football drags people here. We're in the entertainment business and we need to be really out there with our thinking and not be scared to try anything.



RE-SIGNING ROGER TUIVASA-SHECK

The big story going into the season was whether the Warriors captain would recommit his future to the club. There were stories that he was interested in going to rugby to attempt to make it into the All Blacks and a report that he'd agreed to join the Blues.

But at the Warriors' season launch, it was announced that he had re-signed with the club until the end of the 2022 season.

George: That was make or break for us. I really believe that if Roger had decided to play rugby union, as it was reported, then it would have deflated the already low confidence from the seasons before. That going into 2018, one of the best young leaders in sport had decided to walk away from us.

So we were blessed and lucky that Roger made the decision to stay with us long term and lead us into the future.

That was hugely important to us as a club, the playing group and our fans.



WINNING THE FIRST FIVE GAMES

It had become a common theme for the Warriors to start seasons badly, do well during the Origin period then fade at the end. But this year, they started with a bang. George says this helped by a new way of thinking at the club.

George: The key factor for me was that we ripped off the corporate approach and became a footy club.

For anyone who's experienced successful footy clubs, it comes down to a few key aspects. That's strong leadership, getting professionalism to the right roles with people who know more about football than administrators like myself.

The key is finding the experts to come in and enforce a really good footy department and for that we've got Brian Smith.

Then with Alex Corvo's introduction there was a really good approach by the coaching staff to make hard work the ethos of improvement.

People criticise me for not having a psychologist or not having a person in that particular role, but my belief was that the manner and methods in which Stephen, Alex and the coaching staff can implement through hard training, hard expectation and strong accountability, will always take us further at this stage of our club's career, than where any sports psychologist could in the short term.



SALE OF THE CLUB

The saga over Eric Watson selling the Warriors had dragged on from midway through the previous season, but came down to a very public battle between Hawaiian businessman Richard Fale and Auckland Rugby League CEO Cameron McGregor, on behalf of the Carlaw Heritage Trust.

Fale and McGregor took shots at each other through the media, accountants were at the club going through the books and staff worried about whether they were going to keep their jobs.

George: It was really difficult. It was like trying to wrestle smoke, you could never get control of it.

You had prospective owners playing out their negotiations and tactics in the papers.

We had one particular person walking around with TV cameras on game day, like he was Donald Trump. That was just uncalled for and it added so much pressure.

Despite the efforts of our previous owners of trying to keep it away, it was beyond a joke.

To have people saying on TV or in the paper that they're going to do this or that to us, it put a scare through the organisation.

We've got a lot of young staff here, who didn't know if they were coming or going with this owner or that owner.

We had prospective owners talking to staff directly about their views, their vision and how they're going to cut things back, put fridge magnets in households and install washing machines here.

The players did such an exceptional job to maintain a level of success through that period, but I'm more proud of the staff behind the scenes that maintained a high work ethic through a difficult period.



DENVER TEST

The Warriors, like other NRL clubs, didn't want their players going to America for a mid-season test played at altitude against England and the whole thing turned out to be a disaster.

While there were 19,000 spectators at the game, it's believed 12,000 of those were given free tickets and the NZRL ended up not getting paid.

The players were stuck in America because of an electrical storm and didn't get back to New Zealand until Wednesday, two days before their game against the Sharks.

George: It was a difficult debate to have, because I know the importance the players put on representing their country.

I had to respect that, but I also had to ensure I was protecting the wider club and the fans around what was best for us.

It was a ridiculous decision, we have so many opportunities to improve our game in our backyard.

I don't feel that playing in the States was in any way good for our game, or was going to grow the international pie.

Sadly for the NZRL, the promoter has gone walkabout and left them short financially.

So it hasn't worked out well for anyone, it was a topic of conversation that we could have avoided if common sense had prevailed in the first instance.

We should get our backyard right first, before we go off and help the Americans understand what rugby league is about.

Also, I genuinely believe the Denver test took it out of the players that travelled.

We travelled from Townsville, the furthest point in a normal season for a home game, three days before they flew out.

Then when they came back, it wasn't necessarily in the first game against Cronulla, where we got beaten, it was the second game, against Penrith that showed the lethargicness.



PANTHERS LOSS IN THE ELIMINATION FINAL

The Warriors finished the season eighth, so had to play the Panthers in Sydney. They lost 27-12.

George: I was absolutely shattered. To come so far against all predictions and all that outside noise, we proved a hell of a lot of people wrong, but there was still a heap more that I wanted to prove wrong.

Our expectations internally were to finish much higher than we did and I truly believe we had the squad and the staff around them to win the Premiership.

But if you're not 100 per cent on every game, it hammers you.

I was shattered for the players, our staff and also that we didn't achieve more for our fans, we all know that was a missed opportunity.

This year we went closer to winning it than we have in the last seven years.

I'm never going to say we're rebuilding this club, in my view we've got the team to win it.



REVIEW

With the season over, the club goes into review mode, last year this sparked some significant changes in the way the Warriors operate and Cameron George wants this year's one to be just as detailed and probing.

George: The review period we'll have over the next couple of weeks will highlight any issues we have and we'll put the right mechanisms in place to fix them.

Winning can put paper over cracks, so I need to make sure we don't have that happening and I need to make sure the review really gets into the detail of all things operational, all things coaching and all things performance wise in the playing group.

When you get into that much detail, the devils will be there and I need to make sure that when they're highlighted, we fix it.



MEMBERSHIP

Next season the Warriors have ambitious plans, they want to have every seat sold for every game by Christmas and have reduced the cost of membership to $199.

George: We want to be the most entertaining and engaging sporting brand in New Zealand.

We want to sell out this stadium and be like the Green Bay Packers.

We have 25,500 seats here and our ambition is to sell every seat before we get to Christmas. Through our membership pricing and structure, that's achievable.

So we want our fans to fill the stadium up, own their seat for the year and come and have some fun.

Around that, we're going to put on some cool events and how fantastic would it be if we were the first NRL club ever to have sold out their stadium before the season has kicked off?

That's something that no team in New Zealand has done. Most clubs are charging more for memberships, we've gone the other way because we want to sell every seat.

Sunday News

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/107082200/warriors-season-in-review-cameron-george
 
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Warriors season in review: Alex Corvo
David Long13:52, Sep 17 2018
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PHOTOSPORT
Warriors high performance manager Alex Corvo says the players will know what to expect from him when they return to training.
In part two of Stuff's review of the Warriors' 2018 season, the club's high performance manager Alex Corvo gave his insight into the campaign.

Corvo joined the Warriors from the Broncos and is renowned as one of the best trainers in the NRL. A criticism thrown at the Warriors in previous seasons was that the players faded at the back end of games. Well, that doesn't appear to be a problem any more and from their very first game the difference was clear.

In this interview, Corvo reflected on the season and what he made of his first year at the club.

THE COACHING GURU

Alex Corvo was held up as one of the biggest signings of the season when it was announced he was joining the Warriors.

READ MORE
* Warriors in review: George
* Warriors humbled by Dragons

He had a low profile at the Storm and Broncos, but with the Warriors often being questioned about their fitness, it wasn't a surprise that he was being held in such high esteem and made headlines.

Corvo: Being realistic, I'm only playing a part in the overall performance of the team. I don't go out on the field to make any tackles or carry the ball.

So that puts things in perspective, but I was amazed to hear some of the things that were being said, but I didn't get distracted by it.


PHOTOSPORT
Like the other players, David Fusitua and Ken Maumalo were dejected after their loss to the Panthers in the playoffs.
EARLY DAYS

The Warriors players knew about Corvo's reputation as a tough trainer and he found them willing to improve. However, their expectations off what being fit enough to play in the NRL were different to Corvo's.

Corvo: There was no problem with the attitude, work ethic or anything else. I didn't just click my fingers and that happened.

They were willing, they were waiting and they were wanting some direction and that's what I was there for.

I certainly let them know what I thought were the minimum standards and the standards we needed to get to.

For a lot of them it was an eye opener, they were living in a bit of a dream world and they thought they were able to compete at the highest level with the work they'd done previously.

But I knew from experience that that wasn't going to be the case.

All the clubs I started at were well short of where I thought they needed to be. So it's not really a reflection on the players, because the majority of NRL players I've worked with are more than willing to work at the level they need to. If they aren't they won't survive.

PRE-SEASON

With a number of Warriors playing at last year's World Cup, they needed to have their break after the tournament. This meant their pre-season was disrupted.

Corvo: We had half of our squad that wasn't able to train until January, so the length of our preseason was half of what it should have been.

So any results were always going to be minimal. Whilst I was reasonably happy and we were in reasonable shape at the start of the year, I still think we could have been a lot better.

But our results were due to a combination of things and I also think that some of the teams we played early in the year probably weren't prepared as well as they should have been.

So that's why I've always had the philosophy that we want to start the season in the best shape we can, because we want to get some wins against teams that might not be in the same position.

THE SEASON

Once the season is underway, the role Corvo has in the team altered as the emphasis changed to getting the team prepared for each game.

Corvo: The work you do during the season in a normal week is probably half what you do in pre-season.

The biggest factor in the season is the game and that's a huge physical requirement on the players. So you'd be crazy not to take that into account.

Then it's all about getting the boys prepared as best you can for the next week in the time you've got.

Any high level conditioning work doesn't happen in season, it's all done before then.

Any conditioning in season is really individual, depending on who the player is and what his status is, in terms of injuries and game time.

You've got to have an understanding of where the athlete is at and treat them accordingly.

INJURIES

While there were injuries to the likes of Shaun Johnson, Tohu Harris, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Blake Green and a few others during the year. This season there wasn't the massive injury toll of recent years, where by the back end of the season half the team was reserve grade players.

Corvo: Some injuries are unavoidable and some aren't. My philosophy is that if you build a resilient athlete, you'll have one who'll train better than a non resilient one, then it will lead to reduced injuries.

Teams that have high injury rates, with injuries that are avoidable, it's because the players aren't conditioned properly.

There are injuries that are avoidable and unfortunately some that aren't.

We had a few of the avoidable ones, there were one or two soft tissue injuries that I wasn't happy about, but there isn't a team in any football competition that doesn't have some of those.

THE CAMPAIGN OVERALL

It was a year of big improvements for the Warriors, to make the finals for first time since 2011 and bring crowds back to Mt Smart Stadium. But it did all come to a sudden and disappointing end with the 27-12 loss to the Panthers in the first round of the playoffs.

Corvo: To me, making the finals is a pass. But let's be honest, we were poor last week.

We've got to be better and I'm burning inside, If we've got players or staff that aren't burning, they're probably not people we want here.

We can't be walking away happy with what we've done. It's a pass and there's room for improvement.

THE UPCOMING PRESEASON

Once again, a number of Warriors will be playing late into the year. Either with Tonga or for the Kiwis in their test against Australia and then the series against England.

Corvo: It's going to be a careful management procedure. There will be players playing their last game in is November, so we won't see them a great deal before Christmas, other than to check on their progress.

They're going to have a shortened preseason and that's not ideal, but it's what our sport sometimes throws at us and it's something that the Kiwi boys have been very familiar with.

I would have loved to have had Shaun [Johnson] and Roger [Tuivasa-Sheck] for a full preseason. Especially Shaun, although he might not feel the same way as me!

But we'll make do as best we can and even in the short time I had Shaun during the last preseason we were able to make some significant gains in lots of different areas and I've already spoken to him that we can make him a better, more resilient athlete still.

THE SECOND YEAR

When the players start work for the 2019 season, they should have an understanding of what Corvo wants from him and this was something he experienced at his previous clubs

Corvo: When players come back for second year, they're in better shape and mindset for it

Last year the players might have had the excuse that they didn't know what to expect.

Well they certainly know now and I'd be disappointed if they don't turn up prepared for that.

If they're not prepared, they're sending off a message to myself and the coaches that perhaps they don't want to be an NRL player and if that's the case then we'll find others that do.

They've got some targets they need to reach before they come back, so there's no confusion as to what's expected.

I think with the culture we developed over the year, it won't be a problem.

Stuff

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/league/107140037/warriors-season-in-review-alex-corvo


If I were the ARL or NZRL I would be trying to get as many Corvo disciples as possible trained up and getting them rolled out nationwide.

Dude is on a whole 'nother level.
 

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