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Everyone loves a Kiwi, and here’s the proof. We list every player with a New Zealand link who will take the field in the opening weekend of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup for teams other than the Kiwis. Samoa Ken Maumalo (born in Auckland) Joseph Paulo (born in Auckland) Ben Roberts (5 Tests for Kiwis) Junior Paulo (born in Auckland) Jazz Tevaga (born Auckland, Junior Kiwis) Sam Lisone (born in Auckland, Junior Kiwis) Frank Pritchard (27 Tests for Kiwis) Leeson Ah Mau (born in Auckland...
After the embarrassment of Round 22, the Warriors headed back to Mount Smart Stadium for the second to last time in 2017 to face the Canberra Raiders. In front of their smallest crowd of the year, the embarrassing Warriors run continued with their sixth loss in a row. The Warriors were close to being the first to score with Solomone Kata unable to ground a grubber over the line. He stayed down clutching his shoulder as the Raiders went the length of the field with Nick Cotric making...
After an abysmal Round 21 against the Cronulla Sharks, the Warriors made the journey to Newcastle to face a Knights team buoyed by their upset Round 21 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons. Both teams are only playing for pride, and this stage of the competition and the Knights proved they are not the easy beats they were in 2016 with a resounding 26-10 victory over and pathetic Warriors side. The Warriors lacked discipline for the second week in a row giving away silly penalties...
If it wasn't bad enough for the long suffering fans of the NZ Warriors having to deal with the clubs tired and old slogan of "Keep the Faith", which let's face it, is nothing more than a phrase that breeds an acceptance of mediocrity within the establishment, Mr 24% decides to bring his own catch phrase to the table, "Trust the Process". Let's not forget about the "Above the Line" slogan he also brought with him. Now i'm not sure where this line sits in the big scheme of things so i can...
The Warriors are languishing in 11th place and look almost certain to miss the finals for a sixth straight year. Sadly, their place on the competition table is not the worst thing that has happened in 2017. This season many of the club’s young players have gone backwards rather than developed and this must raise serious questions about the Warriors development process. The Warriors have always struggled to attract top Australian talent. There has been the odd signing of note, but these...
After the bye in Round 18, the Warriors returned to Mount Smart Stadium, renamed Manu Vatuvei Stadium for one night only to face the Penrith Panthers. The Warriors needed a win here to close the gap on the top eight but were found wanting after an inspired performance from Nathan Cleary as the Panthers ran away with a 34-22 victory over the home side. Well, what can you say about this performance? The Warriors started strong with a try to Simon Mannering mere minutes into the game, the...
After the hard fought win in round 15, the Warriors made the long Journey to Perth to face the Manly Sea Eagles. The Sea Eagles have been on a roll for the past month and facing them in Perth where the Warriors have never been victorious was always going to be a tough contest and the Sea Eagles played heartbreakers yet again with the Warriors going down 26-22. In what has become a constant theme in 2017 the Warriors started this game quickly scoring 16 points. The Warriors looked well...
After the bye in Round 15, the Warriors returned to Mount Smart to face the Canterbury Bulldogs needing a win to keep their playoff aspirations alive. The Warriors have turned Mount Smart into a fortress in 2017 suffering only one loss to the table-topping Melbourne Storm and this round was no exception with the Warriors winning 21-14. It wasn’t a pretty performance from the Warriors but it was hard fought, both sides were desperately seeking a win and it showed. The Warriors had a few...
Well, the Warriors have one less Monkey on their back after their Round 14 trip to the Gold Coast. The Warriors who have yet to taste victory away from Mt Smart in 2017 really needed to get the job done against the Titans and in Ryan Hoffman’s 300th NRL match the Warriors delivered with a 34-12 win. It wasn’t a perfect game by any means but the Warriors played with more desire than we have seen for quite a few rounds, the Titans may have scored first but the Warriors dominated the first...
The Warriors travelled back across the ditch to ANZ Stadium to face the Parramatta Eels. Confidence was up again after last rounds victory over the Broncos and the Warriors were looking at getting their first win on Australian soil in 2017. However it was not to be as the Parramatta Eels toughed it out through multiple injuries and kept the Warriors on the search for that first win away from Mt Smart in 2017. The Eels didn't long to stamp their mark on this match with tries to Kirisome...
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