Articles by Brads Ramblings

Copyright Photo : Andrew Cornaga / www.photosport.nz The Warriors returned home to Mount Smart Stadium after last rounds horrible performance to face the severely depleted Gold Coast Titans. Kieran Foran finally made his debut in what was a very close encounter with the Warriors breaking their 3 match losing streak to get their second win of the season. The Warriors started well with the forwards showing more effort this week, this flowed directly into Issac Luke’s game and after a...
After claiming that last week's performance was the Warriors worst of 2017, the Warriors went out and proved me wrong by putting on a woeful display in their first outing on Australian soil losing 26-12 to the St George Illawarra Dragons. In a milestone game for Simon Mannering where he broke Stacey Jones record of most games played for the Warriors with 262 matches, the Warriors should have been buoyed by the occasion and ready to go but in reality, they barely made it out of the gate. The...
After last week's loss to the Melbourne Storm, the Warriors made the journey to Dunedin to face the 0-2 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. The Bulldogs have not looked impressive this season and with the Warriors enjoying their third week in a row playing in New Zealand, they were expected to get a good win in front of a league starved South Island crowd. Unfortunately for Warriors fans the Bulldogs got their first win of the year defeating the Warriors 24-12. The Warriors dominated possession...
Auckland was hit with a barrage of rain in the week leading up to the Warriors second round match up against the Melbourne Storm. On Friday night with the torrential rain still hitting Mount Smart, a brave 9,811 fans faced the elements to watch this clash as the Warriors went down 26-10. The Storm scored early through Kenny Bromwich but the Warriors didn't take long to strike back, scoring two tries in 3 minutes through Tuimoala Lolohea and Shaun Johnson to have them trailing 12-10 at...
The Vodafone Warriors kicked off the 2017 NRL Season at Mount Smart Stadium for the first time since 2009 with a win over the Newcastle Knights. The team had a lot of expectations leading into this game against last year's wooden spooners and although it was ugly, they got the victory and the two points. The Warriors started the game slow and the errors that plagued this side last season returned with the Warriors dropping the ball on their first tackle on their first set for the season...
Finally, the Nrl season is almost here, we are only a few days away and I cannot wait! The Nines have come and gone, the preseason matches are all over and it's time for the real deal. This also means it's time for me to give my thoughts on how the Warriors will fare in their 2017 campaign. I'm breaking this review into sections outlining my views on the preseason results and news, new signings (Or in this season's case signing), the 2017 squad, my game-day 17, the team's strengths and...
Now that 2016 has ended the mourning period has officially passed for me so I have now decided that it's time to comb through the painful memories of the Vodafone Warriors 2016 NRL season and conduct my season review. 2016 wasn't the year Warriors fans hoped for as the Warrior found themselves watching the playoffs instead of competing in them for the fifth year in a row, a tough stat to swallow but more on that below so let's just get into it. My take on 2016 As is the case with...
With all 2016 playoff hopes dashed the Warriors had one game left before they could turn their focus onto 2017. A good performance against the Parramatta Eels was required to try and end the season on a positive note but an embarrassing 40-18 loss just served to plunge the dagger further into the hearts of the Warriors faithful that sat in the heavy rain witnessing a truly amateur performance. For the first 20 minutes, the Warriors appeared to have come to play pushing out to a 12-0 lead...
With the Penrith Panthers getting a close victory over the Gold Coast Titans, the Warriors still had a chance to compete in the 2016 playoffs, all that was needed was a win over the Wests Tigers to keep them in contention. With their season on the line and playing at Mount Smart you would expect the Warriors to pick their performance up a level but the Warriors threw away a 24-18 lead to lose 36-24. Yes, there were two Warriors tries denied by the NRL Bunker but I believe only one of them...
The Warriors travelled to Townsville to face the North Queensland Cowboys in a must-win match to keep their playoffs hopes alive and for the second week in a row when the Warriors had the chance to control their own destiny the crumpled under pressure. The Warriors were outclassed by the Cowboys who dominated them in all facets of the game. They keep the pressure on the Warriors and kept them camped in their own half for the majority of the game and the Warriors were never in the contest...
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