Gameday Warriors vs Manly Gameday Chatter [Round 25, 2017]

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Warriors vs Manly Gameday Chatter [Round 25, 2017]

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Warriors v Sea Eagles: Schick Preview
Thu 24 Aug, 2017, 10:30am
By Corey Rosser‌, New Zealand Correspondent‌‌, ‌‌‌NRL.com
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Schick Hydro Preview: Warriors v Sea Eagles
Mount Smart Stadium
Sunday, 4pm NZT, 2pm AEST


Two teams looking to battle their way out of form slumps, albeit of vastly different degrees of severity, meet in Auckland this Sunday in the penultimate round of the NRL Telstra Premiership regular season.

For the 13th-placed Warriors the current situation is about as bad as it gets, and with seven-straight losses to their name a defeat in Round 25 would see them close in on their worst ever losing run of 11 matches.

They come off a heavy 36-18 defeat at the hands of the South Sydney Rabbitohs last Friday, but get a boost this week with star halfback Shaun Johnson returning to the starting side in place of Ata Hingano, who drops back to the interchange.

Ben Matulino is a straight swap for Jacob Lillyman (biceps), while Isaiah Papali'i joins the bench and Tevita Satae and Mason Lino drop out.

Despite crashing to back-to-back defeats last week in being upset by the Canterbury Bulldogs 30-16, Sea Eagles coach Trent Barrett has named an unchanged line-up for the trip to Auckland.

Sitting in eighth position and just one win ahead of the nearest chaser, Manly's season sits in the balance after picking up only one win from their last four games.

Why the Warriors can win: Most of the tangibles suggest a comfortable Manly victory, but the home side have plenty to play for in theory, which should see them get up for this one. Sunday is the Warriors' last home game this season and there is a clear desire in the playing group to repay their fans following another underwhelming season. It is also club stalwart Matulino's last home match for the club, along with former captain Ryan Hoffman. A number of players also remain unsigned beyond this season, giving the Warriors plenty of reason to feel motivated, even if the ladder doesn't agree.

Why the Sea Eagles can win: Manly have the kind of attack which could dish out all kinds of punishment on a frail defensive side like the Warriors. Heading into Round 25 the Sea Eagles have the fourth best attacking output in the NRL, averaging 23 points per game, while they break the line more than any team bar the Melbourne Storm and St George Illawarra Dragons. With Jake Trbojevic's ability to ball play in the middle of the park, the likes of Apisai Koroisau and Daly Cherry-Evans could have a field day in Auckland.

The History: Played 30; Sea Eagles 22; Warriors 8. Manly have a brilliant record against the Warriors, boasting six straight wins against them dating back to 2013, and beyond that have won 17 of their last 20 encounters against the Kiwi club. At Mount Smart Stadium, Manly have lost only three times in 14 visits.

What are the odds: Punters with Sportsbet are reluctant to back either of these sides, who have let them down a lot recently. The money is split 60/40 in favour of the Warriors, but it isn't the biggest betting game of the round.

Match officials: Referee: Gavin Badger. Assistant referee: Chris Sutton. Sideline officials: Chris McMillan and Clayton Sharpe. Review official: Luke Patten. Senior review official: Ashley Klein.

Televised: Fox Sports – Live coverage from 2pm. Sky Sports – Live coverage from 4pm.

NRL.com predicts: Manly have it all to play for and the Warriors have shown almost no improvement over the last two months, suggesting their drought-breaking victory might not come in 2017. Expect the Warriors to foot it with them early, but in the end a big Sea Eagles victory seems inevitable. Manly by 20.

https://www.nrl.com/warriors-v-sea-eagles-schick-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/111359/default.aspx
 
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ejbrenu2

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The tip on Fox sports is that Foran is expected to play along side Johnson. We will still get pumped in a pointless exercise with Fox's injuries becoming more severe as we concede more and more points in what will ultimately be a fruitless endeavour. I have never been more disinterested as a supporter
 

letsgonewarriors

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The tip on Fox sports is that Foran is expected to play along side Johnson. We will still get pumped in a pointless exercise with Fox's injuries becoming more severe as we concede more and more points in what will ultimately be a fruitless endeavour. I have never been more disinterested as a supporter
All I want to see from this game is the players being able to defend their mistakes at least for a set or two. If they can't do that they will be doomed for next year. I think they should get Kevin Campion in there for defence coach he won't take any shit from these players. They want to build a culture here , he has plenty of that.
 

ejbrenu2

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Aug 3, 2017
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All I want to see from this game is the players being able to defend their mistakes at least for a set or two. If they can't do that they will be doomed for next year. I think they should get Kevin Campion in there for defence coach he won't take any shit from these players. They want to build a culture here , he has plenty of that.
And I think our problem has never been the errors per say, it's the inability to defend them. I agree the culture should be built by the coaching staff and not with expensive signings
 

surfin

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As for the fight, I would be less surprised if this is as dull as fuck rather than exiting. McGregor trying to hit something that's not in front of him and Mayweather just jabbing away scoring boring points, unless McGregor manages to get the takedown and win with the ground and pound. Or McGregor just pushes and holds him in the corner and just flays away.
 
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BeastMode

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As for the fight, I would be less surprised if this is as dull as fuck rather than exiting. McGregor trying to hit something that's not in front of him and Mayweather just jabbing away scoring boring points, unless McGregor manages to get the takedown and win with the ground and pound. Or McGregor just pushes and holds him in the corner and just flays away.
Wouldnt it be hilarious if instincts or frustration made him kick folyd in the head and knocked him out cold?

I'd pay $100 to see that?!
 

Bluecat again

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Help!!
I've just moved house and we dumped Sky TV
Is there a way to watch the game without going to the pub? I'm guessing most pubs will be screening the fight so I might be scratching to get to watch the game even if I do go
 

Jordan G

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Game day. Yeow! Get pumped!

Arrgghh can't even fake it.

Manly should just rest half their team to freshen up. Will still win.
 
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Johnnyray

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Yeah I don't know about you dude but me I'm really, really, looking forward to today's game against Manly Warringah Sea Tigers especially with Kieran Marshall having to play up against his old club. It's going to be awesome as fuck ...


;)
 
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BeastMode

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Yeah I don't know about you dude but me I'm really, really, looking forward to today's game against Manly Warringah Sea Tigers especially with Kieran Marshall having to play up against his old club. It's going to be awesome as fuck ...


;)
Mate can you lend me some of your bookie cash?

Preferably all of it?

Pay you back after the game

Manly +12

And Someone give the mods an uppercut for always getting their dates and games mixed up!

Up the standard boys.
 
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