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After guaranteeing a return to the playoffs with last weeks win over the Panthers, the Warriors were home once again at Mount Smart for the final round of the regular season against the Canberra Raiders. Canberra came into the match as giant killers with recent wins against the Rabbitohs and the Roosters, so this was always going to be a tough match for the home side. The pressure was on the Warriors with a sellout crowd there to celebrate not only the Warriors return to playoff football...
After Round 23's defeat, the Warriors made the journey home to Mount Smart Stadium to face the Penrith Panthers. With the NRL ladder the tightest it has been for several years the Warriors needed to get the victory to secure their spot in the playoffs for the first time since 2011. Thankfully for the large crowd in attendance, the Warriors came to play and looked a much better side than the week before, getting the much-needed win 36-16. This was one of the better performances from the...
After their victory over the Knights, the Warriors made their last journey across the ditch for the regular season to face the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. A win here would give the Warriors a potential shot at a top-four spot, but it wasn't to be as the Bulldogs got the win in a tighter than expected encounter 27-26. What can you say about this performance from the Warriors? Most people had the Warriors winning this game comfortably but much like the game on the Gold Coast the...
After last weeks triumph in Wollongong, the Warriors returned home to Mount Smart to face the Newcastle Knights and celebrate Issac Luke's 250th game. In contrast to their impressive away record the Warriors have not had great success in Auckland and were sitting on a four-game losing streak at home. This streak ended however with the Warriors winning 20-4 with this win almost confirming that the Warriors will return to playoff football after a 7-year drought. Man, it is great to be...
Wishing to put the horrible performance in Round 20 behind them, the Warriors travelled down to Wollongong to the fortress called WIN Stadium where the Dragons have yet to be defeated in 2018. Not only have the Dragons not lost at WIN Stadium this year but the Warriors have never tasted victory at the ground either. However, 2018 continues to be the Warriors year of breaking hoodoos as they came away with a hard-fought 18-12 victory. What a way to bounce back after the disaster on the...
After last weeks tight encounter against the Storm the Warriors made their way to the Gold Coast to face the Titans. The Warriors have enjoyed a rich vein of form against the Titans, winning the past six matches between the two and a comprehensive victory for the New Zealand side was expected by most fans and pundits alike. The Titans didn't read the form guide however and put the Warriors to the sword with a resounding 36-12 defeat. Well, I think Stephen Kearney described the Warriors...
After their exciting round 18 victory at Suncorp Stadium, the Warriors were back at Mount Smart to face the Melbourne Storm. After the embarrassment of the Anzac day clash, the Warriors were looking for revenge, but it was not to be as they lost a much closer battle 12-6. What a tight game this was, the Warriors showed more spirit in this match than they did in their round 8 encounters against the Storm. Unfortunately, the Warriors lacked the execution that you need when you play a side...
After round 17's embarrassing performance against the Penrith Panthers, the Warriors made the journey to Suncorp Stadium to face the Brisbane Broncos with both sides needing a win to keep in playoff contention. In stark contrast to last weeks match, the Warriors came out victors with a comprehensive 26-6 win. What a game this was, as I wrote last week I was not confident that the Warriors would be able to come away with the win but I was happy to be wrong this week. The Warriors...
Kiwileaguecentral.com brings you a wrap of last weekend’s premier club rugby league action from around the country. (Main photo: Wairau Taniwha v Victory Phoenix. Credit: Angela Hellewell). Northland Hora Hora 11 Takahiwai 34, Moerewa 10 Otangarei 8 Auckland Northcote 36 Pt Chevalier 12, Otahuhu 26 Mangere East 14, Marist 14 Papakura 10, Richmond 8 Mt Albert 50, Glenora 24 Howick 0 Northcote’s Eko Malu. Bay of Plenty Papamoa 40 Pikiao 20, Ngongotaha 44 Otumoetai 22, Mangakino 40...
Kiwileaguecentral.com brings you our Sharman Cup Team of the Week following Round 12 of the Auckland second division. Fullback: Ilai Faamita (Waitemata) Wing: Devin Wilson-Connal (Manurewa) Centre: Jerome Vogel (Bay Roskill) Five-eighth: Zensei Inu (Te Atatu) Halfback: Mason Taylor (Ellerslie) Prop: Xavier Tutaki (Bay Roskill) Hooker: Roydon Campbell (Northern) Second row: James Koloamatangi (Ponsonby) Lock: Reuben Tolovae (Franklin) Rd 12 Sharman Cup Team of the Week Rd 14 Fox...
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