General Warriors will labour to even reach 0 points

mosh_old

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SOMEONE should mail the New Zealand Warriors the wooden spoon and let us get on with the rest of the competition. They won't only run last - they will be flat out winning five games.

Not even Canberra, who conceded 70 points in losing to Newcastle yesterday, will save them. Don't forget, the Raiders are still six points ahead of the Warriors at this early stage and the Warriors don't have an Andrew Johns to cut the opposition up like the Knights have.

OK, Parramatta didn't exactly do a job on them at Waikato Stadium, but the Eels were also looking for their first win and what the dubious quality of the opposition offered was an opportunity to get those two points without taking too many chances.

Test second-rower Nathan Hindmarsh was tremendous, young halfback Tim Smith improved enough on his poor first-round performance to make a few things happen and there you had it - a 22-14 win.

The Warriors are stuck on minus-four points as a penalty for salary cap rorting and it could be a while yet before they are back in black. This was going to be a very tough year for them even if they had begun on level terms with the rest of the field, and against Parramatta we saw why.

Champion halfback Stacey Jones left the club at the end of last season and they miss him like oxygen. Last year's hooker, Nathan Fien, in place of Jones just isn't the answer, but they haven't got any others.

It remains to be seen whether Brett Seymour is the long-term answer at halfback for Brisbane, but he has had the excuse of missing a lot of football through injury in his early years. If he can stay fit he might prove himself.

Seymour was still feeling his way against Cronulla at Toyota Park and the 16-12 win to the Broncos was based on guts and determination rather than style.

The key was the awful ball control by the Sharks - 21 completed sets out of 40, compared to 35 out of 40 by the Broncos - and had the home side just managed to complete 30 sets they would have won, because they had more potential in attack.

Shane Webcke was an inspiration for Brisbane, but the sight of him running on to a pass in the centres to score a crucial try in the second half was indicative of where the Broncos are right now.

After being flogged by North Queensland the week before they were doing whatever they could do to turn things around and win and if that meant winning ugly, then so be it.

Manly wouldn't mind an ugly win at the moment, after losing 20-16 to the Cowboys at Dairy Farmers Stadium to follow their first-round loss to Canberra at home. The Sea Eagles missed 51 tackles, which is a disgrace.

After shelling out big money for halfback Matt Orford and centre Steve Bell, the Sea Eagles were expecting big things, but if the losing form keeps up it won't be long before Des Hasler becomes the first coach under pressure to survive in 2006.
https://www.smh.com.au/news/league/...ach-zero-points/2006/03/19/1142703218818.html
 

MarkW_old

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Mosh said:
Even the Aussie's see that Fien at 7 isnt the answer.

I think we all know what the answer is .. Hohaia at 7 (that journo dosn't seem to though).
If Fien dosn't prove he's the man for the job in the next few weeks, i think he'll be back at hooker.
 

Kiwi League_old

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Interesting that a lot are voting for Rovelli as M.O.M, but no-one suggesting he should start at half-back. I just think that people have their own entrenched agendas to have Lance as the half-back, but it may be just shuffling the deck-chairs on the titanic. Fien's proved he can do the job at half for the Cowboy's, and Lance was outstanding at hooker last year, so the coach's choices at the start of the year had my support.
I just hope people don't start bagging Cleary already, when the previous management have put him in this position by by getting rid of our game breakers, such as Ali, and by rorting the cap. And the mistakes players who should no better are making, and keep on making, are coach killers. Only by controlling the ball, having good basic handling skills & good option taking, can a team make headway in a competition this ruthless.
 

MarkW_old

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Yeah, I see your point about about Fien's good form for the Cowboy's at halfback, and I still think he can make a good fist of the role at the Warriors. But he knows full well that if he dosn't get his form on track soon there are the likes of Hiho and Rovelli more than willing to take his place.
 

AliN_old

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the season before Fein finished at the Cowboys he couldn't make the run on side week after week.
He's a better hooker
 

Iafeta_old

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I was kind of hopeful the latest Bulldogs fracas with the crowd might see them have that suspended points penalty lumped on them... thats our only hope though of beating the wooden spoon in 2006.
 

PHANTOM MENACE_old

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True
Whatever happened to the NRL investigation into what Thompson said about the Dragons paying him for his pay cut
 

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