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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...
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If there is one thing that the Warriors have learnt it is that you can’t buy a winning culture. Over the past few years, they have signed high-profile recruits such as Hoffman, Luke, Tuivasa-Scheck and Foran. The narrative has been that these players are not only skilful but have been part of...
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Having never lived in Auckland I have attended maybe a dozen live Warriors games, all of them have involved a road trip. There have been some great ones (driving from Christchurch to Auckland to watch the minor prems defeat the Raiders), some poor ones (Bulldogs vs Warriors 2007) and everything...
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“What we do in life echoes through eternity” so the famous quote from the movie Gladiator goes. I am not sure about eternity but the biggest mistake in Warriors history seems to have echoed through the club for the past 13 years. What is the mistake? The releasing of Ali Luaitititi. Lauitiiti...
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The Warriors were well beaten by a clinical Melbourne side in wet weather at Mt Smart Stadium on Friday night. The Warriors competed at times, especially in the first half, overall, there are more concerns than positives for the side. They were unlucky to lose captain Roger Tuivasa Sheck to a...
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This Friday night sees the Warriors host the Melbourne Storm at Mt Smart stadium. The last time they played Melbourne, the Warriors were beaten 42-0 in what was one of the worst performances in the history of the club. This was further compounded when 6 players decided to mix energy drinks and...
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Can we all agree that Ken Maumalo has no place as a first-grade winger? The Warriors obsession to find the next Manu Vatuvei has led them to pick a winger who is better suited to prop. Maumalo may have the size and debatably the top end speed of a young Vatuvei, but he does not have the...
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Ever since Kieran Foran had his contract with the Warriors registered, there has been a constant theme in the media that the Paramatta Eels have some right to be aggrieved. Foran was able to negotiate a release from the Eels mid-2016, just halfway through his first year of a four-year deal. At...
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There has been much debate about whether Kieran Foran is the missing piece in the Warriors puzzle. Would the club have been smarter to invest the money in an aggressive prop, or a backrower with some attacking flair? Before discussing what signing Foran means for the Warriors roster it is...
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With the Warriors having missed the play-offs for a 5th straight year it is inevitable that the media and public begin to question the position of head coach Andrew McFadden. While Jim Doyle has insisted he won’t be commenting till after a review several senior players have pledged their...