Articles by Brads Ramblings

After an impressive showing against the North Queensland Cowboys, the New Zealand Warriors hosted the Brisbane Broncos in Round 6. The Warriors were looking for their sixth consecutive win of the year while the Broncos were looking at breaking a two-game losing streak. Unfortunately for the 16,636 fans in attendance, the Broncos came out on top with a 27-18 victory. It was Old Boys day at Mount Smart on Saturday with a lot of the Warriors former players returning to the stadium, and in...
After two weeks playing away, the Warriors finally returned home to a sold out Mount Smart Stadium with an impressive 4-0 record to face a North Queensland Cowboys desperate to return to the winner's circle. This was not to be as the Warriors welcomed back club hero Simon Mannering with a 22-12 victory to go 5-0 for the season. It's hard for me to describe what it was like to be sitting in a sold-out crowd at Mount Smart once again and I really hope it continues. Having a doubleheader...
After last weeks breathtaking come from behind victory over the Raiders, the Warriors ventured to Sydney to face premier contenders the Sydney Roosters. With Sam Lisone, James Gavet and Shaun Johnson out for this matchup, many (including myself) had doubts that the Warriors would be able to go 4-0. But the Warriors did not allow self-doubt to come into play, and they made easy work of the Roosters winning 30-6. The Warriors could be the real deal in 2018, they have struggled in the past...
After their 2-0 season start the Nz Warriors ventured to the Australian Capital to face the 0-2 Canberra Raiders. The Warriors have never started a season 3-0 and very seldom taste victory in Canberra but this is no longer the Warriors of old, and they created a breathtaking come from behind victory to win 20-19. Wow, this was indeed a heart in mouth game to witness. My emotions were all over the place, but unlike 2017 I had the belief that the Warriors could come from behind and get...
After their first-ever win in Perth, the Warriors made the journey home to Mount Smart Stadium for the first time in 2018 to face the Gold Coast Titans. Buoyed by their first-round performance and their impressive record against the Titans the Warriors came into round two as heavy favourites and followed through never looking in danger with a resounding 20-8 victory. The Warriors continued from where they left off in round one, and it is hard to deny that it wasn't exciting to watch them...
The Vodafone Warriors made the long journey to Perth to kick off their 2018 campaign. A long history of disappointment plagued the Warriors in Western Australia, and many predicted this misery would continue as the Warriors faced the South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round One. However, this was not to be as the Warriors, looking a completely different side to the Woeful Warriors of 2017 started their season off strong with a 32-20 victory. What a way to start the season, saying that the...
It feels like an age since I’ve written about the Warriors but finally the NRL Season is upon us and I cannot wait for Round One. This time of year also means its time for me to give my thoughts on how the Warriors will fare in their 2018 campaign. As I did last year, I will be breaking my preview into sections outlining my views on the preseason news and trial results, new signings, the 2018 squad, my game day 17, the team's strengths and weaknesses and then finalising it all with my 2018...
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...
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...
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