General 2017 Warriors NSW Cup Reserve Grade

jonno

Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 13, 2014
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absolutely!
nathanial roache, issac luke, jazz tevaga.... how would you not be watching hours upon hours of footage of cameron smith. or the forwards watching footage of say the burgess bros and hitting them right under the ball as they are prone to dropping it. coaches can only do so much..... look at a bloke like cooper cronk whose the first to admit he was never a gifted athlete, just listening to him talk about the game is amazing. love it when hes on fox sports and he breaks down plays and tells whats happening or what someone is trying to do.
Cronk is a truly gifted footy player. You can't make it to the top and stay there if your not gifted in some way. That fact that he's not athletic makes him even more impressive IMO. His talent is all in his mind.

Most of our guys don't even recognize this as being a talent.
 
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Centurion

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Oct 14, 2015
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Cronk is a truly gifted footy player. You can't make it to the top and stay there if your not gifted in some way. That fact that he's not athletic makes him even more impressive IMO. His talent is all in his mind.

Most of our guys don't even recognize this as being a talent.
A la Thurston. Not athletic but has the game on a string.
 
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mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Game review from Fan in the Stand. Always a great informative read from someone who knows the game well. Give him a follow on Facebook for all things Warriors ISP...

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Its been a rough couple of weeks for the Warriors and there fans but there is more to the Warriors than just the 1st grade team, so today the Fan In The Stand gathered the family piled in the car and away we went to watch The ISP Warriors team take on Wentworthville Magpies (Parramatta Eels Reserve Grade Team) out at Ringrose Park Wentworthville. After leaving home and crossing the M7, M4, M5 and every other bloody Motorway and paying about 14 tolls in the process in Sydneys chaotic Sydney Traffic we arrive at the Magpies Leagues Club and make our way down the driveway to the Park. Heaps looking forward to today's game as its been a bit of a tough month for the boys with a draw, a win, a loss, a bye for rep round then another comeback draw last week against the Panthers. This could be cos of a couple of things. 1- after starting 7-0 the other teams see us as the bench mark and lift their game each week or 2 - One of our best players Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad has been promoted and hopefully cemented in 1st grade. So the chemistry has changed a little.

The park is in excellent condition with the smell of fresh cut grass mixed with the Fresh Fries odour from the Maccas across the road lingering in the air. As i mentioned this game I was anticipating all week even though we are sitting 2nd on the ladder and Wenty are 9th this would be an even contest up the middle as both teams have a big set of forwards and Wenty has a sprinkling of first grade experiance thoughout their team with the likes of Bureta Faraimo, John Folou, George Jennings, Kiwi Rory O'Brien and former Sea Eagle and England cricket captain David Gower. Also of note in their line up were former Warrior Jeff Robson and former ISP warriors player Marata Niukore who i rate hugely and also has beefed up to the max since i seen him last season. But Robson and Gower do not make the team and both dont play. We had some late changes to with Ligi Sao starting at prop, alongside him was Nathaniel Roache who made the mad dash flight im assuming since he got no minutes on Friday Night. Jazz Tevaga drops to the bench to make way for Roache with Daniel Palavi dropping out of the squad. I listened to the ground announcer butcher the players names again, who the hell is Tolofa Sipley???? and when did we sign a player called Isaiah Papaeyelieye, sheeesh. Interesting to note that the Magpies team is coached by former kiwi world cup winning captain Nathan Cayless.

I know everyone has an opinion on how the first grade squad is going and how it can be fixed yada yada i have mine but as i look at our forward pack warming up i see it again as i have mentioned in previous reports that this should be a trial for them. The Sipley brothers, albie Vete and Jazz should be the next cabs off the rank as they have been killing it in this team.

Wenty kick off as we recieve but after tackle 3 Vete knocks on in the contact so Wenty have a full set in our 30 but cant get past our defence and they kick dead giving us a 7 tackle set. We then march upfield and force a goal line dropout. But in the follow up set on attack we throw an intercept and George Jennings runs away but good covering defence sees him tackled but we get penalised for holding on to long. Probably a good move as a quick play the ball would see them with numbers on the left. The kick for touch and after a couple of hitups spin it wide and they put on the backline move and a cut out ball sees Faraimo dive over in the corner for the first try. Gets converted so we are down 6-0. Again Wenty get back on attack and on the last they grubber through but Nathanial Roache flies out of no where to dive on the ball for a pure try saver. Couple of sets later Wenty fullback knocks on from a Lino kick so we have a chance to build pressure and possesion but make an error on tackle 3 so all pressure gone. Wenty go through their tackles and kick to us but again they force an error on tackle 2 in our 20 so more defence coming up. On tackle 4 Wenty do another backline move out wide and i swear the final pass was right in line with us and went 2 metres forward but the touchie let it go and they score again. We let the ref and touchie know about it but they ignore us and award it 10-0 down after 20 and Vete has a spell and Chris Satae comes on.

More defence for us as Wenty kick a dodgy 40-20 when the touchie was about 40 metres away as we thought Tui had saved it. But good stubbin defence by us sees an error forced im out from our line. Lucky as we have defended heaps and its taking a lot of gas from the tanks of the boys in the middle. A set later Wenty put up a chip/mini bomb and its chaos as about 3 players from each team go up for it as it is right next to the posts and Chris Satae jumps and runs smack into the goal post and stays down. After 1 hitup and 3 minutes on the field he is pretty much carried off and Pat Sipley on. Soon after we get a penalty to ease sum pressure and get a rest. Lino kicks it out we go through some tackles and a set move sees our winger Junior Pauga over for our first try which Lino converts from the sideline 10-6 10 minutes till H/T. Next set Tevaga hits it up but gets hammered but gets away a great off load for a half break. (ill talk more about offloads later) With that offload we make 85m on that set Later we are penalised and the defence is strong again with nothing getting through. Unreal attitude they have on defence. We get possesion and again our forwards make metres and get us upfield but Ofahiki Ogden is tackled 2 metres out. With 2 minutes to go Sam Cook crosses over for a try but is penalised for a double movement. So at Halftime we are down 10-6

Halftime thoughts

* Our scramble defence is awesum, and thats a attitude thing. Everyone is on the same page.
* Our wrestle in the play the ball is very noticable. We are slowing the play down great to allow the troops to get back 10 meters, we have not been penalised at all
* Magpies defence are constantly offside but are not getting penalise no matter how much we yell at the touchie
* Sao, Roache and Papalii all played the whole half
* Chris Satae done for the game so we are down to 16
* James Bell not many minutes which is a suprise as he is a machine.
* Not much ball as we are defending a lot, there 2 tries come from out wide set plays. Nothing leaking from the boys defending in the middle. At 10-0 down there was no panic, no pushed plays

Other things i noticed

* The whole Eels first grade team is here including Mitchell Moses, which is a suprise as i thought he might want a release allready.
* A little kid fell off the seats in the mini stand letting out a huge wale and cry as the mother was on tinder oops i meant on her phone. Luckily bubba ok but mother very embarrassed
* Good sprinkling of Warriors fans around the ground, warriors merchandise all over the place. Can hear Vera on the otherside of the field.

We kick off for the 2nd half still in pretty hot conditions and in the following set Semeisi Fotu produces a massive hit and we get possesion but cant make anything of it as Sao knocks on after a couple of tackles. Wenty hot on attack and throwing heaps at us but we hold firm until we a penalised on the last tackle. Ouch that hurts. Wenty take the 2 to lead 12-6. They coudnt go thorugh us so they take the 2 which is a huge wrap for our defence which im sure they got confidnece from. For the next 5 minutes its set for set being traded with no errors just completions.

We get a penalty and then the game changed. You had to be there to see it, it was like just a click of the fingers and away our forwards went. From that penalty Pat Sipley hits it up for 18 metres, then Vete hits it up for 15 metres, Ogden hits it up for 15 then our centre King Vuniyayawa makes a line break but passes it to a Wenty player who got in the way for us to score. We get possesion back after a Wenty set and again our forwards take over. Pat Sipley and Ogden again make it over the advantage line and with quick play the balls Tevaga who is now dummyhalf darting around everywhere. We have completely gained the momentum and our bigmen are to much for the magpies defence. Every forward is making over 10m per hitup. With us marching upfield at will Sam cook does a great chip and Tui flies out of no where to get it down for a try next to the posts. We erupt, the Warriors erupt, the bench erupts as that try came from pure aggresion, heart and character from the boys in the middle. The more we yell out the more the forwards grow and we get a good wave from the boys appreciating the support. Lino converts and we are tied up 12 all each and the forwards are in total beast mode.

Wenty kickoff and its total chaos again as Vete just smashes the defence followed by the sipley brothers trampling everyone then Vete hits it again for his 2nd carry in the set and still makes 12 metres. Ofahiki Ogden then scoops up a loose ball and runs 40m and just gets dragged down by the defence who seem to hold him down for about 1/2 hour but no penalty. We spin it wide and Lino does a cross kick and we score in the corner but i cant pick up who got it down as im jumping around and my notes are flying everywhere. Might of been Junior Pauga. Again myself and the fellow Warriors fans around me are losing our shit yelling out support and watching our forwards totally run over the Magpies forwards. And again the boys give us a clap for the supports. Lino misses but its 16-12 to us and we are flying home with a windy sail or whatever that saying is. But a couple of errors in the following sets sees us defending again. Ive mentioned before in previous reports that i cant beleive how good and hard is our front on defence from our halves as Sam Cook being the first up defender is stinging them. Even Shaun Johnson and Ata and Foz are doing it in first grade.

We survive and in possesion Tui who is having a great 2nd half makes a jinking run beating 4 defenders. Lino kicks on the last and a great chase sees them tackle the Magpies fullback 1 metre out from his line. 2 tackles later Vete and James Bell do another bellringer tackle but are penalised for a strip which is pure kefs as we saw it perfectly as a loose carry. $ tackles later an easy missed tackle out wide by Vuniyayawa sees Magpies score a try under the posts. My notes go flying again and this time not from elation. They convert and we are down 18-16 9 minutes to go. Unreal turnaround as we had the best period of forward beastmodeness possibly ive ever seen in this 2nd half. Again though their is no panic amongst the team just all positive talk from the leaders. We force an error and again our forwards run hard in the set. 25m out Sam Cook fires a wide ball to Paulos Latu who is right in front of us and his eyes light up (no shit you could see it) and he pins his ears back for the corner and runs straight at the fullback and WHACK their is a massive collision but he gets the ball down TRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Wow!!!! I look at the clock and its 5 1/2 minutes left and as Mason Lines up the conversion he takes his time and we are having a laugh about it. He misses but we are ahead 20-18 2 minutes left. Then Magpies kick off and we run through our set but dont find touch on the last so the Magpies have 1 final crack. On tackle 3 Vete comes up with possibly the biggest hit of the year smashing George Jennings half way across Sydney. Tui catches the kick and we survive for a great great win in a tough match.

After the game the boys obviously knackered made sure they went around and thanked everyone for their support. Tui seemed to have a lot of family/friends at the game. Then Rubin came over for a quick chat, thanked us for our on going support then asked us to come in to the dressing room. So away we went and the Fan In The Stand found he was amongst their inner sanctrum. Coach Ricky Henry spoke briefly about how its been tough at the club for the past week but when they play over here in Sydney they like to get the family involved. He spoke about still having things to work on (didnt mention the process lol) and while it was a win they were not content. They then asked us to get the clapping going as the belted out the team song. Wicked moment. Then it was help our selves to the food and drink available which was everywhere. But we got a couple of photos and excused our selves as they then started to weight themselves and check their GPS movement. Ligi, Mason and Albert came up personally and thanked us for our support as they recognised us from previous games. Rubin as always wished us a safe trip home.

So as we left i started to think of a summary of the game

* 1 think i noticed that i havent seen for a long time was how vocal Tui was at fullback in defence. He was yelling and screaming at everyone non stop then in attack he was yahhoooing at every good play the made. he seemed heaps happy. They are a happy team.

* As mentioned before the wrestle and domination of the ruck is a standout of this team.

* If we have an even amount of possesion or even 45-55 spread we will always be in the game. The team has the leader and confidence to get this team over the line

* Papalii and Ogden played the whole 80

* Player of the match for me was Albert Vete. That 2nd half he was almost unstoppable, He barged, banged, burst and bopped over the defenders. Played bug minutes as well

* So my 3 2 1 was Vete, Ogden, Pat Sipley with honourable mentions to Tui and Mason

So i try and keep this page all about the Warriors Reserve Garde team but just want to mention the 1st grade team quickly. They are just a little was off. Its all attitude and that can be fixed, for example when Joel Thompson barged over for a try Shaun Johnson had him held up but had no help. Thats attitude. Can be fixed for sure. Certainly not worth burning your jerseys over like those dumbs that done it. What were you trying to achieve??? You dont think the players are hurting??? What are you going to wear when we make the finals stupid dogshit nuts. Rather you come out and say hey look im not going to support the team anymore so i might give my jersey away to someone less fortuanate they might appreciate it more but nope they wanted attention idiot dicks.

Anyway i just want to give Coach Ricky Henry a wrap. Coach Kearney gives him the guys that he cuts and im sure tells him what he wants from them, fitness, minutes etc so Henry responds and it is working. Im sure he is putting in his imput as well but hes got them playing as a team. A happy, confident bunch who rely and trust each other and have a fantastic attitude to the task at hand. When you think about it they have it hard with almost a days travel when they come here to Sydney. 2 hour check ins flight delays etc but on the flip side duty free ha. But doesnt matter where these guys play could be at Mt SMart number 2 ground in Auckland or Cuthberts Green in Christchurch or The Sacred Acre in Lyttelton or Aubrey Keech Reserve here in Sydney or Raqmahul Oval in Southern Syria, they are and play as 1 unit.

So as i drive home down the cumberline Highway looking for a KFC to pull into Im thinking that after the forward display today they surely must be in the frame for first grade. These guys dominate the ruck most weeks and WILL NOT let the opportunity down if given one. There time is NOW especially Vete and Sipley big boppers. Just a quick shout out as well to all the Warriors supporters that showed up. Richie, Tee Kay, Vera on the other side of the field and all the others that were there and read this. Next game in NSW is up in Newcastle. Next game for the team is in Auckland Saturday Night against the Bears curtain raising the First grade game against the Bronx. If ya can get there peeps, they are a great team to watch.

Fan In The Stand from Wentworthville Out
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP

VODAFONE WARRIORS v WENTWORTHVILLE MAGPIES
Ringrose Park, Sydney
1.00pm, Sunday, May 21


1 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA
2 JUNIOR PAUGA
3 KING VUNIYAYAWA
4 SEMISI FOTU
5 PAULOS LATU
6 SAM COOK
7 MASON LINO (c)
8 CHARLIE GUBB
9 JAZZ TEVAGA
10 ALBERT VETE
11 OFAHIKI OGDEN
12 Isaiah Papalii
13 JAMES BELL

14 PATRICK SIPLEY
15 CHRIS SATAE
16 TOAFOFOA SIPLEY
17 DANIEL PALAVI

COACH | RICKY HENRY

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2017/05/16/_teams_isp_and_nyc_t.af_info_nsw_cup_news.html
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
[Teams] ISP line-up named
Richard Becht | Image: www.photosport.nz
Tue 23rd May, 06:53PM
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Mafoa’aeata Hingano looks to pass: NRL rugby league, Warriors v Knights, Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, Sunday 5 March, 2017. Photo: Renee McKay / www.photosport.nz

Ata Hingano is back from injury and reunited in the halves with captain Mason Lino for the Vodafone Warriors’ 12th-round Intrust Super Premiership encounter with North Sydney at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday (5.10pm kick-off).

With Hingano recovered from the ankle injury he picked up playing for Tonga, Sam Cook moves back to hooker.

The Vodafone Warriors have NRL experience in starting props Ligi Sao and Charlie Gubb while Ofa Ogden, Isaiah Papalii and James Bell are again named in the back row.

The match is the second leg of a tripleheader leading up to the Vodafone Warriors’ 12th-round NRL clash against the Brisbane Broncos.

With their tough 20-18 win over Wentworthville on Sunday, the Ricky Henry-coached side sits second on the table just a point behind Wyong. The Bears are fourth on the ladder.

INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP

VODAFONE WARRIORS v NORTH SYDNEY
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland
5.10pm, Saturday, May 27


1 TUIMOALA LOLOHEA
2 MATTHEW SAUNI
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 SEMISI FOTU
22 PAULOS LATU
6 MAFOA’AEATA HINGANO
7 MASON LINO (c)
8 LIGI SAO
9 SAM COOK
10 CHARLIE GUBB
11 OFAHIKI OGDEN
12 Isaiah Papalii
13 JAMES BELL

14 JAZZ TEVAGA
15 PATRICK SIPLEY
16 TOAFOFOA SIPLEY
17 CHRIS SATAE
18 KING VUNIYAYAWA

COACH | RICKY HENRY

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2017/05/23/_teams_isp_and_nyc_l.af_info_nsw_cup_news.html
 

Jordan G

Guest
Pretty much confirms first grade 1-17 for the Broncos game, injury aside of course.

Naming Tui in first grade was probably just to troll the Tigers anyway.
 

Jordan G

Guest
Was a Facebook live stream up.... Satae and the Sipleys played well as usual. Surely can't be long before the Sipleys get their first grade shot!!!

If it's true Gavet is injured then I expect Sao, Gubb will be given first crack because.....well I don't really know anymore.

I'm expecting this forum to blow up on Tuesday tbh when Thompson is named, at least blow up as much as a lethargic beaten down fanbase can.
 
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mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
[Teams] Santo makes ISP debut for club
Richard Becht | Image: www.photosport.nz
Tue 30th May, 06:27PM

Zac Santo will debut for the Vodafone Warriors in Saturday’s 13th-round Intrust Super Premiership match against Newcastle at Cessnock Sports Ground (4.45pm kick-off local time; 6.45pm NZT).

The 24-year-old Townsville-born ex-North Queensland and Canberra utility arrived at Mount Smart Stadium today after his contract was officially registered yesterday.

He comes straight into fullback for the Vodafone Warriors’ road trip to the Hunter region as the Ricky Henry-coached side seeks a third straight win after beating Wentworthville 20-18 and North Sydney 18-10 in the last two rounds.

Also rejoining the side is wing Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad on the back of an impressive run of four appearances for the NRL team after debuting against the Sydney Roosters on April 30.

Toafofoa Sipley is named to start in the front row alongside Ligi Sao with Sam Cook, who started at fullback on Saturday, back at hooker again.

Sipley was outstanding in his 49 minutes on the field against the Bears, producing eight searching carries for 93 metres, a bulldozing try, when he carried defenders with him, and a team-high 34 tackles without a miss.

In a solid, grinding performance, 18-year-old NRL rookie Isaiah Papalii was another standout, playing the full 80 minutes, making 120 metres and 26 tackles.

Competition leader Wyong (21) and the Vodafone Warriors (20) – both with just one loss each – have a break on the rest of the field with the Mounties third on 15.

INTRUST SUPER PREMIERSHIP

VODAFONE WARRIORS v NEWCASTLE
Cessnock Sports Ground, Cessnock
4.45pm, Saturday, June 3


1 ZAC SANTO
2 CHARNZE NICOLL-KLOKSTAD
3 JUNIOR PAUGA
4 SEMISI FOTU
22 PAULOS LATU
6 MAFOA’AEATA HINGANO
7 MASON LINO (c)
8 TOAFOFOA SIPLEY
9 SAM COOK
10 LIGI SAO
11 OFAHIKI OGDEN
12 Isaiah Papalii
13 JAMES BELL

14 JAZZ TEVAGA
15 PATRICK SIPLEY
16 CHARLIE GUBB
17 CHRIS SATAE

COACH | RICKY HENRY

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2017/05/30/_teams_santo_s_makes.af_info_nsw_cup_news.html
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
[ISP match report] Season's third draw
Tony Dosen, nswrl.com.au | Image: photosport.nz
Sat 3rd June, 10:02PM
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Isaia Papali’i. Junior Warriors v Junior Roosters, Round 9 of the 2017 NYC Holden Cup Rugby League season at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. 30 April 2017. Copyright photo: Renee McKay / www.photosport.nz

A try by second rower Isaiah Papalii and pressure conversion from skipper Mason Lino in the 76th minute has seen the Vodafone Warriors ‘get out of jail’ in an 18-all draw with the Newcastle Knights in tonight's 13th-round Intrust Super Premiership match at Cessnock Sports Ground.

It was third draw of the season for the Vodafone Warriors after previous stalemates with the Mounties and Penrith.

In a contest which did not reach any great heights, the Knights were more than a match for the visitors in an error-riddled contest.

After a tight start, successive penalties to the Knights in the seventh minute saw a left side spread find centre Brendan Elliott, who then beat his man on the outside to score the game’s first try. Trent Hodkinson converted to give Newcastle a 6-nil lead.

As the error rate started to climb in the middle of the first half, the Warriors worked into field position from successive sets off a penalty and a Knights turnover.

From that field position, a short ball from hooker Nathaniel Roache found interchange forward Jazz Tevaga who crashed over near the posts. Lino converted to lock the game up at six points apiece.

The mounting error rate combined with slow play the balls and a skinny 10 metres continued to bog the match down at the back end of the first half until the Vodafone Warriors got back to back penalties six minutes out form halftime to again set up field position.

From there, a left side spread through the hands found stand-in winger Sam Cook who dived over spectacularly to score in the corner. Lino converted from touch to give the Vodafone Warriors a 12-6 lead.

Newcastle had one last chance late in the half when winger Tom Cronan dropped a pass on his flank with a try on to leave the Vodafone Warriors with their six point lead at the break.

The Knights overcame the loss of opposite winger Tom Hughes with concussion in the first set of six tackles of the second half to work their way into position from a penalty and repeat set.

At the end of the set a Hodkinson switch to the left sent second rower Braden Robson over to score his first try five minutes into the second half. Hodkinson added the extras to again level the scores at 12-all.

Both sides then again came up with errors as the match became an arm wrestle into the second half – with Vodafone Warriors makeshift centre Ofahiki Ogden held up in goal and Knights centre Jacob Gagan penalised for being offside from a Will Pearsall stab kick the best chances for points to no avail.

The turning point appeared to come in the 61st minute when a massive hit on Tevaga on half way saw the the interchange forward lose the ball and Hodkinson pick up the crumbs and dash 40 metres up the middle of the field.

The former State Of Origin five eighth linked up with Robson on his inside as the Vodafone Warriors' cover defence arrived for the backrower to score his second try near the posts. Hodkinson converted to give the Knights an 18-12 lead.

Such was the force of the hit that Tevaga went to the head bin for concussion and did not return.

Just as the Knights were appearing to score their second big home upset win of the season as the match drew into its closing stages, the Vodafone Warriors had one last repeat set on the back of forcing a Knights line drop out with five minutes left.

At the end of the set, a right side shift found Papali’i who carried two defenders over the line with him to score. Lino converted the pressure conversion from wide out to level the scores for a third time at 18-all – and bring up his 100 points for the season in the ISP.

The Vodafone Warriors had one last chance in the game’s last gasp with a penalty after the full time bell – but Lino failed to find touch from the penalty kick, and Newcastle centre Eliiott took the tackle to complete the unconvincing draw.

MATCH DETAILS
Cessnock Sports Ground, Cessnock

Newcastle Knights 18 (Braden Robson 2, Brendan Elliott tries; Trent Hodkinson 3 conversions).

Vodafone Warriors 18 (Jazz Tevaga, Sam Cook, Isaiah Papali'i tries; Mason Lino 3 conversions).

Halftime: 12-6 Vodafone Warriors.

Vodafone Warriors | Zac Santo; Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Junior Pauga, Ofahiki Ogden, Sam Cook; Ata Hingano, Mason Lino (c); Toafofoa Sipley, Nathaniel Roache, Ligi Sao; Bunty Afoa, Isaiah Papali'i; James Bell. Interchange: Jazz Tevaga, Patrick Sipley, Charlie Gubb, Chris Satae.

https://www.warriors.kiwi/news/2017/06/03/_isp_match_report_se.af_info_nsw_cup_news.html
 

mt.wellington

Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
22,810
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
Match report courtesy of Fan in the Stand on Facebook...

Big shout out to fellow Warriors supporter Josh Sargison who went along to watch the boys at Cessnock Sports Ground yesterday and cheer along. Managed to get his thoughts on the game. Have a squize. Thanks again Josh. U da man brother

After the disappointing performance on Friday, I needed a footy fix, what better way to cure disappointment more footy?
The ISP boys were playing locally so I thought I'd head along to Cessnock. About half hour drive west from Newcastle and the birthplace of the Johns brothers. A typical country town the fans flock to the local footy ground to support their local club. The ground is quite nice, a botique rugby League field very similar to St Mary's in Sydney with the grandstand on the western side and hills on the east and Southern ends and a training ground on the northern side. As I arrived the curtain raiser between Cessnock Goannas and Lakes Utd had finished with our boys taking to the field so I took my seat up the back noticing coach Ricky Henry and his team in the corner.

THE SUMMARY

I noticed a few changes, Bunty Afoa was in jersey 18 (looked great in the early stages) and a backline reshuffle with Roache lining up at hooker Sam Cook went to the wing and Ogden at centre with Semisi Fotu and Paulos Latu dropping out respectively. Zac Santo went down early and was subbed out for Jazz with Nicoll Klokstad going to fullback and Pauga to the wing. In the opening stages you could see the desire hard runs and good defence.

But this game was a scrappy affair and a dropped ball by us deep in our half gave the Knights the field position early. A left hand sweep found Brendan Elliot who crossed over easily and was converted by Hodkinson. Being in the first 10 minutes I was thinking "not again".

This was repeated again but the Knights were on the receiving this time with Nathaniel Roache providing quick service out of dummy half and a silky short pass to Jazz Tevaga sends him crashing over the line midway through the second half, and easy conversion by Lino locks it up at 6 all.

The errors continued to flow and back to back penalties against the Knights piggy backed the warriors deep into Newcastle territory. A beautiful sweep to the left gave hooker turned winger Sam Cook enough space to dive over in the corner and from the sideline Lino converts giving us the lead late in the first half.

The Knights had one more chance deep in our half just before the siren but Thomas Cronan dropped the ball with a massive gap in front of him, sending us to the half time break with a 6 point lead.

As I took my seat with some hot chips in hand, the guys had just ran back onto the field. The first set saw immediate concern for Newcastle singer atom Hughes who was down centre field and went off with concussion, play was stopped for about 3 minutes where he was safely removed from the field. With Hughes leaving the field the Knights were firing and Trent Hodkinson lead the way. The captain gained a repeat set and then when on the warriors line switched play against the grain to put Braiden Robson through a small gap to score.

The game continued to swing back and fourth until Jazz Tevaga was hit in a stinging tackle, dropping the ball which was scooped up by Hodkinson running 40 metres and getting good service away to Robson again who ran the last 5 metres to score his second try next to the sticks.

The game was looking pretty bleak at this point for the warriors, Chris Satae going down very late in the game, but he got up firing and continued providing aggressive runs and massive hits in defence along with the Sipley brothers, Ogden, Sao and Papali'I swung the momentum for the warriors, on the back of a penalty the warriors found themselves deep in Knights territory and Isaiah Papali'I charged at the line carrying 2 defenders crashing over on the right edge at the death of the game. Lino under pressure converted a difficult goal to lock it at 18 all.

It seemed to be all but finished but a Knights penalty for stealing in the play the ball gave the warriors one final shot, taking the risk with a long kick for the sideline the Knights kept the ball alive but Brendan Elliot was wrapped up easily by Pat Sipley.

FINAL SCORE:
NEWCASTLE KNIGHTS 18 ELLIOT, ROBSON
(2) TRIES
HODKINSON (3/3) GOALS
VODAFONE WARRIORS 18 TEVAGA, COOK, PAPALI'I TRIES
LINO (3/3) GOALS

TALKING POINTS:

The Sipley brothers:
They continue to impress week to week, big hits aggressive runs and tough defence, this is what we need in the top grade Tof played the first and final stints and Pat was used during the middle stages.

Chris Satae:
After going down injured he came back bigger and better, wasn't afraid to take a hard run or put on a big hit. Great performance.
Lino:

Was controlled, cool, calm and collected. Directed the team around the park well

Sao:
was hard to stop.

Papali'I:
Surprised me how big he was. Had a great game and was very impressed.

Tevaga:
How is this guy not playing in the top grade, versatile and tough as nails.

Roache:
Proving why he should be playing NRL, provides a lot of pace out of dummy half. Will put pressure on Luke.

Errors: A scrappy affair but the boys showed resilience and hung in there.

The Warriors leave the Hunter with their 3rd draw of the year but will continue to hold their second place on the ladder regardless of results over the weekend.
Overall I had a great evening and I really enjoyed it. The ISP team play Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles at H.E Laybutt Fields so if your in the area get on down to the game and give the guys plenty of support.

Thanks again for your efforts Josh in sending me this. Look forward to getting out to Blacktown this week, hope others can make it too.

 

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