Just on that, listening to Murray Deaker he said that there was not much talk or focus or interest in the Warriors in the South Island...
Over the past 5-6 years I've come back to NZ 3 times, twice to travel, once for family issues...
In 2002, the whole country was caught up in the Warriors, it seemed.
Last year, we travelled the length and breadth of New Zealand, it was our second to last day of our 3 week honeymoon, when we hit Auckland to watch them beat the Broncos that we noticed any Warriors interest aside from a one hour segment on radio sport.
I was absolutely completely and utterly astonished in the change in mentality. Yes, I know the club hasn't been successful, but when I was back there in 2002 the whole country was into it - Us v Them. Perhaps it was the "New Zealand" Warriors marketing campaign with run like the win, along with the on field success. I was amazed at how quickly the rest of New Zealand had given the club the flick, not even supporting the underdog side of it.
I live in Sydney, and I can tell you that I see countless South Sydney bumper stickers each day, things like this - the support culture is totally different here. Its more tribal, we'll fight to the end for our club. We'll do a march for our club, if need be.
So, while Lose's comment is naiive because indeed there is obviously a cult following of league supporters as evidenced by posters on here, indirectly he raises an interesting point for me that just shows New Zealand for some reason doesn't seem to connect with the Warriors in terms of adversity, which seems unreal.