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  1. NZ Warriors Finals Week 1 Review: Panthers pile pressure on shell shocked Warriors

    NZ Warriors Finals Week 1 Review: Panthers pile pressure on shell shocked Warriors

    After last weeks great Mount Smart send-off for Simon Mannering, the Warriors ended their seven-year drought from playoff football and found themselves in Sydney for round one of the playoffs facing the Penrith Panthers. Predictions on both sides of the Tasman had the Warriors as slight...
  2. NZ Warriors Round 25 Review: Warriors celebrate Mannering Milestone with scrappy victory

    NZ Warriors Round 25 Review: Warriors celebrate Mannering Milestone with scrappy victory

    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...
  3. NZ Warriors Round 24 Review: Warriors to return to Playoffs after punishing Panthers

    NZ Warriors Round 24 Review: Warriors to return to Playoffs after punishing Panthers

    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...
  4. NZ Warriors Round 23 Review: Bulldogs take bite out of Warriors top four aspirations

    NZ Warriors Round 23 Review: Bulldogs take bite out of Warriors top four aspirations

    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...
  5. NZ Warriors Round 22 Review: Milestone game and the Hot Stepper

    NZ Warriors Round 22 Review: Milestone game and the Hot Stepper

    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...
  6. NZ Warriors Round 21 Review: Gong drought over as Warriors vanquish Dragons

    NZ Warriors Round 21 Review: Gong drought over as Warriors vanquish Dragons

    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...
  7. NZ Warriors Round 20 Review: Woeful Warriors return in Gold Coast blowout

    NZ Warriors Round 20 Review: Woeful Warriors return in Gold Coast blowout

    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...
  8. NZ Warriors Round 19 Review: Poor execution the difference in tight tussle

    NZ Warriors Round 19 Review: Poor execution the difference in tight tussle

    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...
  9. NZ Warriors Round 18 Review: Redemption at Suncorp

    NZ Warriors Round 18 Review: Redemption at Suncorp

    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...
  10. NZ Warriors Round 17 Review: Night to forget in Penrith

    NZ Warriors Round 17 Review: Night to forget in Penrith

    After last weeks controversial narrow loss to the Sharks the Warriors crossed the Tasman looking for retribution against a Panthers side minus their origin stars. A win here would see the Warriors return to the top four but it was a night to forget for Warriors and Warriors fans alike as the...
  11. NZ Warriors Round 16 Review:Sharks snatch victory over wounded Warriors

    NZ Warriors Round 16 Review:Sharks snatch victory over wounded Warriors

    After what has felt like an eternity the Warriors returned to Mount Smart Stadium on a chilly Friday night to play the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks. A win here would solidify the Warriors position in the top four, but unfortunately, it wasn't to be as the Sharks came out on top with an 18-15...
  12. NZ Warriors Round 15 Review: Grit shines through in Townsville win

    NZ Warriors Round 15 Review: Grit shines through in Townsville win

    After a successful journey down to Christchurch, the Warriors had one more stop on their road trip as they made their way to Townsville to face the struggling Cowboys. History hasn't been kind to the Warriors in Townsville with only one win in the past 12 visits but as the Warriors have shown...
  13. NZ Warriors Round 14 Review: Warriors celebrate Johnson's 150th in style

    NZ Warriors Round 14 Review: Warriors celebrate Johnson's 150th in style

    After a much-needed bye week, a well-rested Warriors side made the journey down to Christchurch to face the Manly Sea Eagles. The Sea Eagles have had an edge of the Warriors for a long time having won the past seven matchups between the sides. The Warriors, however, paid no attention to the...
  14. NZ Warriors Mid Season Wrap Up: The good, the bad and the ugly

    NZ Warriors Mid Season Wrap Up: The good, the bad and the ugly

    With the Warriors enjoying a bye in Round 13 I have no review to write, so I decided it was the best time to write my midseason review. As my title suggests, the Warriors have had a bit of a mixed bag in the first twelve rounds of the season. There were indeed many good moments, some bad and...
  15. NZ Warriors Round 12 Review: Pattern continues as Warriors struggle against Burgess trio

    NZ Warriors Round 12 Review: Pattern continues as Warriors struggle against Burgess trio

    After their scrappy win over the bottom-dwelling Eels, the Warriors came home to Mount Smart to face a South Sydney Rabbitohs side currently enjoying a three-match winning streak. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck returned to the side, but Mason Lino was ruled out, meaning Peta Hiku was moved into the halves...
  16. NZ Warriors Round 11 Review: Grit shines in tight tussle with Eels

    NZ Warriors Round 11 Review: Grit shines in tight tussle with Eels

    After a disappointing Round 10 performance the Warriors once again made the journey to Sydney, this time to face the bottom of the table Parramatta Eels. The Warriors were buoyed by the return of Issac Luke but lost Roger Tuivasa-Sheck who stayed in New Zealand on baby watch; this saw a...
  17. NZ Warriors Round 10 Review: Roosters punish sloppy Warriors

    NZ Warriors Round 10 Review: Roosters punish sloppy Warriors

    After their impressive Round nine victory the Warriors hosted the Sydney Roosters in the first ever Indigenous round game played in New Zealand. After defeating the Roosters emphatically in Round four, many (myself included) predicted another win for the home side but the Roosters had other...
  18. NZ Warriors Round 9 Review: Warriors dominate Tired Tigers to keep in premiership contention

    NZ Warriors Round 9 Review: Warriors dominate Tired Tigers to keep in premiership contention

    After the disappointment of Anzac day, the Warriors returned home to face a West Tigers outfit that has been on end of back to back defeats desperately looking to return to the impressive form they have shown in 2018. This was not to be as the Warriors who were looking to make their own return...
  19. NZ Warriors Round 7 Review: Intensity returns as Warriors hand Dragons first loss

    NZ Warriors Round 7 Review: Intensity returns as Warriors hand Dragons first loss

    After their first loss of the season, the Warriors had their first taste of Friday Night Football as they hosted the undefeated St George Illawarra Dragons. Questions were raised about the teams lack of intensity in the aftermath of their loss to the Broncos and fans and sceptics alike were...
  20. NZ Warriors Round 5 Review: Dream start continues with Cowboys defeat

    NZ Warriors Round 5 Review: Dream start continues with Cowboys defeat

    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...
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