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mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP

Vodafone Warriors edged out by Panthers
Jamie Wall NSWRL.com.au
Sun 15 Jul 2018, 02:05 PM
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Penrith underlined their Intrust Super Premiership title credentials today in Auckland, with a hard-fought 14-10 win over the Warriors. The Panthers got the job done despite having to play an entire quarter of the match with only 12 players on the park.

The weather had been miserable in Auckland the night before and morning of the match, however the heavy rain had eased by the time kickoff rolled around. That was a relief to everyone in attendance, given that North Harbour Stadium was the scene of the almost biblical flood that occurred during the Warriors’ win over Newtown back in round eight.

The Warriors, firmly entrenched in the middle of the ladder, named a mostly unchanged team from the one that was upset by Wentworthville last weekend. Francis Leger came into the centres in place of Anthony Gelling, who was called up for the Warriors’ NRL match against Brisbane. Likewise, the Panthers kept a similar side to the one that defeated St George Illawarra in round 17.

The slippery conditions meant both sides made a tentative start, and it took until 12 minutes in for the first real chance to emerge.

It came directly from difficult handling conditions, with a spilled Mason Lino bomb meaning that the Warriors were awarded a scrum 10 metres out from the Panthers’ line. A well-worked move gave Junior Paunga some space to power his way past the Panthers’ left edge defence, scoring in the corner. They should have had a couple more tries shortly after, but Charnze Niccol-Klokstad was penalised for taking out a defender while collecting another bomb, then Pauga lost the ball in a tackle close to the line.

The first half turned into a tight arm wrestle after the resumption of play, with both side hammering away in the middle of the park and testing each other with low, raking kicks.

The Panthers finally got a sustained period of attack with seven minutes to go in the half, when a Warriors’ knock on gifted them a repeat set on the tryline. Billy Burns ran a beautiful line to run onto an Adam Keighran short ball, and took a couple of defenders with him to score next to the posts. Keighran converted to give the Panthers the lead.

However, the Panthers found themselves down to 12 men straight off the kickoff when Corey Waddell was sin binned for a professional foul. An ensuing penalty gave Mason Lino an easy shot to level the scores, and the sides headed into the sheds locked at 6-6.

The rain came back as the second half kicked off, and King Vuniyayawa found himself on report after the first set for a dangerous lifting tackle. It took another 10 minutes for a chance to materialise, after the Panthers marched down the field and allowed Dean Blore to kick along the deck. The ball bounced off a couple of Warriors defenders and Blore swooped to score as it crossed the line.

The Panthers were once again reduced to 12 men when Mitchell Kenny was binned in the 56th minute. It didn’t take long for the Warriors to cash in, as Charnze Niccol-Klokstad stepped his way to score inside the corner post after a Lino cross kick. Lino couldn’t convert, but the 12-10 scoreline set up a tense final quarter.

Unfortunately, the handling errors were flowing like the rain now sweeping the field. Both sides were guilty of turning the ball over early in their sets, and play was confined to the middle of the park. The Panthers looked to have cracked with seven minutes remaining, dropping the ball to gift the Warriors 10 metres out from their line, but the home side couldn’t cash in.

From there the Panthers kept their nerve and won a crucial penalty close to the Warriors’ line. Keighran stepped up to slot the two points, but more importantly chew up almost all the remaining time on the clock.

The win keeps the Panthers at the top of the Intrust Super Premiership, they now sit on 27 points, three clear of second-placed Mounties. They should maintain that lead next weekend when they visit last-placed Newcastle. The Warriors are now in desperate need of a win, and will try and achieve that when they host Wyong back at Mt Smart Stadium.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2018/07/15/vodafone-warriors-edged-out-by-panthers/
 

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Pulu making return with ISP side on Sunday
Richard Becht & Photosport.nz
Tue 17 Jul 2018, 04:35 PM
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Back rower Leivaha Pulu makes his much-awaited return from a long injury lay-off when he starts for the Vodafone Warriors in their 19th-round Intrust Super Premiership clash against the Wyong Roos at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday (1.45pm kick-off).

Pulu appeared in each of the Vodafone Warriors’ five season-opening wins over South Sydney, Gold Coast, Canberra, the Sydney Roosters and North Queensland before being forced off the field with a foot injury 23 minutes into the sixth-round home clash against Brisbane.

He has been tasked with making his way back through the ISP before pushing his claims to regain a spot in the NRL squad. Pulu was originally targeted to return in round 20.

The Vodafone Warriors, coming off a tough 10-14 loss to competition leader Penrith, have also been boosted by the return of front rowers Sam Lisone and Ligi Sao plus centre Anthony Gelling; Lisone is back after serving a one-game suspension while Sao and Gelling were with the NRL side in Brisbane last weekend.

The seventh-placed Vodafone Warriors are one of two teams on 20 points, only two behind three teams on 22 points filling third, fourth and fifth.

Wyong is two points back in ninth spot on 18 points.

INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP
VODAFONE WARRIORS v WYONG ROOS
1.45pm, Sunday, July 22
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

1 HAYZE PERHAM
2 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD
3 BLAKE AYSHFORD
4 ANTHONY GELLING
5 JUNIOR PAUGA
6 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
7 MASON LINO (c)
8 SAM LISONE
9 KARL LAWTON
10 LIGI SAO
11 MATIU LOVE-HENRY
12 LEIVAHA PULU
13 JAMES BELL (c)

14 SAM COOK
15 KING VUNIYAYAWA
16 PATRICK SIPLEY
17 TOM ALE
18 TRENT SCHAUMKEL

COACH | JOHN TEINA

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2018/07/17/pulu-making-return-with-isp-side-on-sunday/
 
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Old Sid

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Pulu making return with ISP side on Sunday
Richard Becht & Photosport.nz
Tue 17 Jul 2018, 04:35 PM
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Back rower Leivaha Pulu makes his much-awaited return from a long injury lay-off when he starts for the Vodafone Warriors in their 19th-round Intrust Super Premiership clash against the Wyong Roos at Mount Smart Stadium on Sunday (1.45pm kick-off).

Pulu appeared in each of the Vodafone Warriors’ five season-opening wins over South Sydney, Gold Coast, Canberra, the Sydney Roosters and North Queensland before being forced off the field with a foot injury 23 minutes into the sixth-round home clash against Brisbane.

He has been tasked with making his way back through the ISP before pushing his claims to regain a spot in the NRL squad. Pulu was originally targeted to return in round 20.

The Vodafone Warriors, coming off a tough 10-14 loss to competition leader Penrith, have also been boosted by the return of front rowers Sam Lisone and Ligi Sao plus centre Anthony Gelling; Lisone is back after serving a one-game suspension while Sao and Gelling were with the NRL side in Brisbane last weekend.

The seventh-placed Vodafone Warriors are one of two teams on 20 points, only two behind three teams on 22 points filling third, fourth and fifth.

Wyong is two points back in ninth spot on 18 points.

INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP
VODAFONE WARRIORS v WYONG ROOS
1.45pm, Sunday, July 22
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

1 HAYZE PERHAM
2 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD
3 BLAKE AYSHFORD
4 ANTHONY GELLING
5 JUNIOR PAUGA
6 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
7 MASON LINO (c)
8 SAM LISONE
9 KARL LAWTON
10 LIGI SAO
11 MATIU LOVE-HENRY
12 LEIVAHA PULU
13 JAMES BELL (c)

14 SAM COOK
15 KING VUNIYAYAWA
16 PATRICK SIPLEY
17 TOM ALE
18 TRENT SCHAUMKEL

COACH | JOHN TEINA

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2018/07/17/pulu-making-return-with-isp-side-on-sunday/
That looks to me like a pretty awesome team to be heading into the back end of the season with. Stay fit and I think they'll give the finals a real good run.
 
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TheCool

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Jul 18, 2013
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A lot of our players that are under 20s years old will find themselves in the Junior Kiwis at the end of the year, this is what I think the team will look like:
  1. Hayze Perham (Warriors)
  2. Lewis Soosemea (Warriors)
  3. Steven Marsters (Dragons)
  4. Tarquinn Butler (Rabbitohs)
  5. Mawene Hiroti (Rabbitohs)
  6. Dylan Brown (Eels)
  7. Chanel Harris-Tavita (Warriors)
  8. Emry Pere (Cowboys)
  9. Manase Fainu (Sea Eagles)
  10. Moeaki Fotuaika (Titans)
  11. Isaiah Papalii (Warriors)
  12. Joseph Vuna (Warriors)
  13. Tom Ale (Warriors)

  14. Paul Roache (Raiders)
  15. Preston Riki (Warriors)
  16. Cruz Topai Avaei (Sharks)
  17. Morgan Harper (Bulldogs)
Obviously players like Papalii and Fotuaika might choose not to play given they're almost regular first graders.
 
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Sup42

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May 7, 2012
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Only watched like 15 minutes of that game, he was out there making tackles and taking runs, not much more to say. Looked ok. Probably fit enough to replace Vuna on the bench this week.
Yeah I was all set to watch the game at home when I ended up having to chat to a visitor and thereafter all I could see was Pulu having to make lots of tackles along with the rest of them on the back foot...while I felided questions like ' so the team in the game at four pm is the better team playing today ? '
 
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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
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Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Roos clear away from Vodafone Warriors
Andre Cupido Sun 22 Jul 2018, 01:24 PM

The Wyong Roos have stormed into the top-eight of the competition ladder with a resounding 30-6 victory over the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Two tries to Josh Curran inspired the victory with both of his four-pointers courtesy of some classy touches from five-eighth Sean O'Sullivan, while Sitili Tupouniua and Frank-Paul Nuuausala lead from the front with some defiant efforts on either side of the ball.

Their valiant defence in the second-half galvanised the Roos to an impressive victory away from home - recording their sixth win from eight matches to well and truly keep their finals hopes alive.

Both sides struggled to capitalise early in the contest with ill-discipline ruining their respective chances, but a Reece Robinson intercept from his own try-line threatened to break the deadlock only for the desperate Warriors defence chasing him down.

Although their chances were few and far between throughout the opening 20 minutes, the Roos eventually drew first blood when Curran stormed onto a perfectly timed pass from O'Sullivan to barge his way over from close-range.

Another try beckoned when Tupouniua steamrolled his way through some flimsy Warriors defence on the ensuing set, only for his offload to hit the deck in a lucky escape for the home side.

The Roos extended their lead in the 35th minute after a Mitch Cornish kick ricocheted off two Warriors defenders before Paul Momirovski pounced on the loose ball for their second unanswered try.

Cornish converted from out wide as the Roos took a healthy 12-0 advantage into half-time.

O'Sullivan and Curran combined again after the back-rower latched onto a pin-point grubber for his second try of the game just five minutes after the break.

A powerful surge from King Vuniyayawa ignited the Warriors in the 55th minute with his try giving his side a glimmer of hope, but a barnstorming carry from Frank-Paul Nuuausala just moments later gave the Roos a quick reprieve.

Wyong's resilience was tested countless times in the latter stages of the second-half as the Warriors continued to threaten their goal-line defence, but a remarkable try-saving tackle from Tupouniua typified the committed efforts of his side.

A late penalty-goal from O'Sullivan eliminated any chance of a potential comeback from the Warriors, before Tupouniua earned a well-deserved try after he burst onto another timely pass from the dynamic No.6 to ice a crucial victory for Rip Taylor's men.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2018/07/22/roos-clear-away-from-vodafone-warriors/
 

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
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ISP team for 20th round

Richard Becht & Photosport.nz
Tue 24 Jul 2018, 04:37 PM

The Vodafone Warriors will be seeking to snap a run of three straight losses when they take on the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in Sunday’s 20th-round Intrust Super Premiership match at Belmore Sports Ground in Sydney (1.00pm kick-off local time; 3.00pm NZT).

When they beat the Mounties 24-20 on June 30, they were pushing for a top four spot but losses since then to Wentworthville, Penrith and Wyong have seen them slip to eighth spot, level with Wyong on 20 points but with a superior points for and against record.

The Bulldogs are only two points ahead alongside Wests Tigers on 22 points so Sunday’s encounter in Sydney could be pivotal in terms for the race for the finals.

Experienced halfback Mason Lino has been named to start in the halves with Chanel Harris-Tavita while the side also welcomes back big prop Chris Satae, who has been on the bench for the club’s NRL team in its last seven outings. He’ll have the chance to get in some bigger minutes.

INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP
VODAFONE WARRIORS v CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS
1.00pm, Saturday, July 28
Belmore Sports Ground, Sydney

VODAFONE WARRIORS

1 HAYZE PERHAM
2 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD
3 BLAKE AYSHFORD
4 ANTHONY GELLING
5 JUNIOR PAUGA
6 CHANEL HARRIS-TAVITA
7 MASON LINO (c)
8 LIGI SAO
9 SAM COOK
10 CHRIS SATAE
11 MATIU LOVE-HENRY
12 LEIVAHA PULU
13 JAMES BELL (c)

14 TOM ALE
15 KING VUNIYAYAWA
16 PATRICK SIPLEY
17 PRESTON WIKI

COACH | JOHN TEINA

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2018/07/24/isp-and-jersey-flegg-teams-for-20th-round/
 
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That's a good fricking team. Why aren't they top of the table.

Look at that backline - two NRL standard centres. Lino running the cutter with international test match experience for Samoa.

The only players I don't rate in the whole 17 are Cook and Bell. Neither of them are ISP standard.
 

RizNz

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Apr 19, 2018
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Christchurch
That's a good fricking team. Why aren't they top of the table.

Look at that backline - two NRL standard centres. Lino running the cutter with international test match experience for Samoa.

The only players I don't rate in the whole 17 are Cook and Bell. Neither of them are ISP standard.

James Bell is an absolute machine at ISP level. Wish more players has his work ethic and attitude.
 

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