General 2017 Warriors NSW Cup Reserve Grade

jsmooove

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May 18, 2012
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simply put they didnt turn up. went out too watch the game yesterday.

*they knocked the ball on from the first hit up which seemed to set the tone for the day.
*the referee was disgusting. all he wanted to do was blow the pee out of the whistle. on both sides
*Lagi Sao was playing prop and for the most part he did a really good job. pretty much the only stand out for me
*CNK is a cut above the rest. this ground at blacktown is a "park footy" as it gets. could hear everything he was saying. damn that kid has some urgency about him even the way he screams. hes starting to really develop into a huge man crush
*Cherrington played about maybe 60 mins? not sure. hes a bit of a live wire and has some great speed. he can pick up some great meters from dummy half runs. a couple of times he got stuck at dummy half looking for runners but no one was willing to hit it up or they were expecting something else. he will get better with time. he has played much better than roache in ISP. i havent seen every time roache plays in isp but have never been impressed when ive seen him.
*manu must of caught a cold cause the ball never came out to him. his hit ups are a thing of beauty but
*for all the hard running pat sipley does (and he does impressively) he got found out in D a few times. saw jersey grabbing from Him. his brother had a pretty standard day. nothing to excite me but nothing to make me go glad this guy is going
*lino and cook were pretty average
*Satae needs to work on his fitness. when hes on hes a great player but yesterday at the end of his stints on the field the kid was gassed and gassed badly. amazing go forward and great on D when he isnt tired.
*Papali is great on D but i dont actually notice him do much with the ball
*i think number 12 was ogden. well pretty much took him 50 to 60 minutes for him to get his jersey dirty.... it was a muddy affair and for the most part he wasnt going to trouble the people that wash the jerseys
*blacktown werent great by any measure. we were just alot worse. their tries just game from really really poor misses or bad tackling
 

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simply put they didnt turn up. went out too watch the game yesterday.

*they knocked the ball on from the first hit up which seemed to set the tone for the day.
*the referee was disgusting. all he wanted to do was blow the pee out of the whistle. on both sides
*Lagi Sao was playing prop and for the most part he did a really good job. pretty much the only stand out for me
*CNK is a cut above the rest. this ground at blacktown is a "park footy" as it gets. could hear everything he was saying. damn that kid has some urgency about him even the way he screams. hes starting to really develop into a huge man crush
*Cherrington played about maybe 60 mins? not sure. hes a bit of a live wire and has some great speed. he can pick up some great meters from dummy half runs. a couple of times he got stuck at dummy half looking for runners but no one was willing to hit it up or they were expecting something else. he will get better with time. he has played much better than roache in ISP. i havent seen every time roache plays in isp but have never been impressed when ive seen him.
*manu must of caught a cold cause the ball never came out to him. his hit ups are a thing of beauty but
*for all the hard running pat sipley does (and he does impressively) he got found out in D a few times. saw jersey grabbing from Him. his brother had a pretty standard day. nothing to excite me but nothing to make me go glad this guy is going
*lino and cook were pretty average
*Satae needs to work on his fitness. when hes on hes a great player but yesterday at the end of his stints on the field the kid was gassed and gassed badly. amazing go forward and great on D when he isnt tired.
*Papali is great on D but i dont actually notice him do much with the ball
*i think number 12 was ogden. well pretty much took him 50 to 60 minutes for him to get his jersey dirty.... it was a muddy affair and for the most part he wasnt going to trouble the people that wash the jerseys
*blacktown werent great by any measure. we were just alot worse. their tries just game from really really poor misses or bad tackling


Thanks for the insight, always interested in how these boys are going.

Satae's getting up to speed again after a nasty back injury where he collided with the goal post and was layed up for a few weeks. Pretty sure he'll get back to where he was, the talents certainly there.
 
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jsmooove

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Thanks for the insight, always interested in how these boys are going.

Satae's getting up to speed again after a nasty back injury where he collided with the goal post and was layed up for a few weeks. Pretty sure he'll get back to where he was, the talents certainly there.
always happy to head down and watch the boys play when they are in sydney

i always like to look at the motor of a forward. Satae defs had the motor. still feel hes unpolished but under the right coaching this kid can be something special. i wonder if letting go of tof sipley had anything to do with having someone like Satae there, yeah hes a less developed as a player but he has size and you cant teach that
 

mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Better late than never. Game review of the teams loss to Blacktown. Follow him on Facebook...

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Hey team

Wow what a week if you were a Warriors reserve grade supporter. There were highs and lows everywhere. Firstly last week was the comeback 18-18 draw against Newcastle, then on Tuesday the high of seeing Manu back and named in the team, then the low of finding out resident hitman Tof Sipley will be taking his talents to Manly next season. That a massive low. But there was a game being played today so The Fan In The Stand running on minimal sleep after finshing work at 7am packed up the family and jumped in the car to head out to Blacktown to see the juggernaut continue against the Manly Sea Eagles reserve grade team. After last nights first grade team putting on a clinic against the Titans, all Warriors fans must be happy and i was buzzing about this game.

On the way out i was thinking about the presence Manu would have on this team. Hes on the comeback trail after a couple of injuries, and with the first grade wingers kicking ass it looks like he will have to fight his way back into the team starting with todays game. Manu is a icon at the Warriors and have to remember no other NRL player in the history of the game has scored 10 or more tries in 10 seasons of first grade. So Manu will pose a threat in any team hes in. Manly who play under the Blacktown Workers banner have a few familiar names in their team in Ex Warriors Shaun Lane, Pita Godinet and not everyones cup of tea Johnno Wright. We have some late changes with Sam Cook going from hooker to standoff, Charlie Gubb is starting with Tof back to the bench and midweek signing Manaia Cherrington also on the bench.

Get to the park about 20 minutes before kickoff and see that the field is in absolute shithouse condition. Its bogged and puddles all in the middle. We have had some decent rain this week in sydney but this field is poos. Even the adjacent field that the boys are warming up on is torn up with their warm ups. Also it has no covered stands and out seats are drenched. The boys are currently sitting 2nd on the ladder and Manly 2nd last but with these conditions im thinking it will level things out with our gun backline used to carving up in dry conditions. The teams are getting set for kick off and Manu is on our side of the field, sheesh he looks lean, fit and trimmed and most importantly keen. Pretty good ground announcer today, only stuffed up 1 name in the team sorry Ofahighkigh???? its Ofahiki idiotdick. But sometimes when he started talking to the people next to him he forgot to turn the mic off haha reminded me of the old Papa Ruru days from Rotorua Radio.

So Manly kick off and Ligi Sao hits it up strongly but looses it in the tackle. Oh boy!!! Scrum to manly and they hit it up and we are penalised on their 1st tackle. They take the tap and we are penalised again on the first tackle FFS!!! They tap it again and 4 tackles later they spin it wide and their winger Peter Shuster dives over for a try which Jackson Hastings converts. So after 2 minutes we have had 1 error, been penalised twice and are down 6-0, worst possible start ever. 2nd set much better as Charnze takes a great bomb, Manu then hits it up and we get a penalty and get out of trouble. Couple of sets later we are hot on attack but Isaiah Papalii spills a tough pass which the conditions didnt help. Soon after we get another penalty and Ofa Ogden makes a strong hitup with an awesum offload to Tevaga who also produces another awesum offload creating 3rd phase play but CNK knocks on. Looks like the boys are playing to their strengths in the bleak conditions. Another attacking set sees us throw a lot at them but Manly hold out and a great chip by Mason sees Jackson Hastings gather and save a try. When Manly have the ball we force an error then get a penalty due to backchat from one of the Manly players. We march down field and earn a repeat set with a nice Lino kick being forced in goal.

Ligi SAo has been working his ass off with 2 hitups in the last 2 sets of 6 and making good metres to. After his last play the ball we put on a backline move which sees it spread and Mason takes it to the line and gets away a chip which sees Paulos Latu score our first try after a couple of Manly players dived and missed. Mason coverts and its 6-6 after 23 minutes. No one really takes notice of Lino doing the conversion as there is a guy on his Harley doing donuts down the road hahaha good ol Blacktown. Tof Sipley has now come on to cause havoc and tear shit up with Gubby having a break. We are on attack again after a couple of minutes and James Bell comes up with a great run helped by a quick play the ball and Sam Cook bombs for Manu who dives but jusssssssstttt misses out. Got his finger tips, would of been try of the year if had come off. 20m restart Manly. Unfortuanitly Manly march upfield and put on a backline play and have a 3 on 3 move but Manu flies in off the wing and they skip the centre and the winger goes over for a try in the corner. AGain Hastings converts 12-6 23 gone. Couple of sets later Ogden does another awesum offload creating more 2nd phase play. Next set Manly make a break down our right side and chip ahead for Peter Schuster to score his 2nd try. Even though i hate Manly that was a good long range try. Hastings convert 18-6.

After we kick off Papalii forces an error and dives on the loose ball and the Manly player smacks him with a swinging arm. I blow up but no penalty and Tevaga runs in and grabs the guy and he gets penalised. Kefs!!!! What about the swinging arm. Tevaga is replaced pretty much after that and debutant Manaia Cherrington comes on and in the following set makes a great blind side dart and unloads to Semisi Fotu but he cant handle and possible try bombed. Next set Tof Sipley monsters up and has a mass collision with with Manlys Everett Vaurasi and gets up heaps dusty and groggy, Lino forces a goal line dropout and from the kick Chris Satae runs straight for Vaurasi and runs over him and hes KOed, TAXI!!!! Play is stopped while he gets helped off. We cant score but again produce good 2nd phase footy from Manu and Bell. But just on halftime Pita godinet makes a line break and they score another try which Hastings convert so at halftime we are 24-6 down.

Halftime Thoughts

* Even though we down 3 tries i dont see any panic from the boys although in this crap field its going to be hard. They are the comeback kings

* Pat Sipley still on the bench????

* Ball handling is letting us down a little again due to the conditions

* Manly have made some concerning line breaks which sees them score a couple of long range tries

* Papalii has made about 1000 tackles, Manu up and down but being contained well. Tof Sipley is making HUGE collisions, James Bell very busy, Ogden great offloads

* Manaia Cherrington has made a huge difference

* CNK being nullified due to the conditions

* Theres about 100 people here and a good sprinkling of Warriors supporters. Jerseys, polos caps and scarfs everywhere

2nd half sees us have a great first set with Ofa Ogden tackled 1m out from the line for a handover. Next set again Cherrington sees an opening and goes for it but a slow play the ball halts momentum but Mason makes a line break but a slick ball to Paunga goes down with the line wide open. Scrum Manly but we are penalised 2 tackles later for holding down. Manly elect to take the 2 but Jackson Hastings misses his easiest kick of the day. Good cos hes acting like a dick like Mr look at me im the man kind of dick. Yeah your an ok player but your mouth is shit. Pat Sipley is on and his first hitup is a good one. Sam cook settles things down with a great touch finder 10m out. We have a couple of sets attacking but cant get through or around them. Manly meanwhile get the ball have a good set and force a dropout. 4 tackles later they spin it and Sam Cook misses the tackle after slipping over and the man of the people Johnno Wright scores and Manly are up 30-6 with 24 to go. If we need a comeback it needs to be now. Ive noticed in the last 5 minutes Gubby is back on and hes playing 2nd row and on the edge. Manly make another break and spin it wide with the centre chipping through but a Warriors player snatches out of mid air and its our boy Charlie Gubb. Wow. Def saved a try.

The last 2 sets of ours has seen heaps of pressure heaped on Mason with his last tackle options. They are offside but not getting called. Ligi Sao back on gets penalised for a high shot but 3 tackles later Manly have an error so no harm done. Our set see Pat Sipley have the best hitup of the match makes a line break gets tackles 3m out after dragging 4 defenders. We spin it wide but a bootlace pass to Manu sees us cough up possesion. Then we get penalised 1 tackle later. We again hold out and we are on attack and Mason produces a great last tackle kick but Junior Paunga cant gather and Manly ball. Again another Manly error from a forward pass and again we get penalised. This first 20 minutes of the 2nd half is really turning into a bludger of a game. Error penalty error penalty error penalty. The penalty count must be at least 46-39 to Manly. Finally an offload of ours sticks and its started by Gubb running out wide. Couple of plays later Papalii scores and Lino converts, 30-12 down with 17 to go. COMEBACK ON!!!!.

We have some momentum and are playing catch up footy. James Bell this time with a great offload sees Cherrington make a mini break, Manu chases the kick but great defence sees us not score. Ligi Sao this time has some stinging defence in the last couple of sets as things are starting to get niggly. Heaps of high shots but not getting penalised. Gubb has made another great run out wide. Then he does his custom grass cutter tackle and Bell comes over the top and smashes the Manly guy when hes falling with a awesum hit but gets penalised. With only about 7 minutes left the game is gone but the boys are still trying hard. Gubb out wide again does a magical offload to CNK who was supporting Gubb hard out after hes starting to get his arms free in the tackles makes a break but again we are tackled just short. Then with 2 minutes left Manly make a line break and chip ahead to score but no shit out of know where Gubb comes in and gets back there to ground the ball and save a try. So that was the game set match pretty much after that play. Dissapointing getting a loss.

Post Match Thoughts

The conditions didnt suit us at all. Our dangerous backs were nullified becos of it. There were some defencive lapses out wide that will be addressed and fixed no doubt but our forwards were solid as always in the middle.
Even though we lost we created heaps of opportunities to score, it was either scrambling defence or the last pass that was letting us down. Heaps to work on but no panic at all. The boys didnt look flat or anything which is also a good sign. I just think it was the fact that they have played 14 hard games in row and now they head into bye week with a chance to rest the niggling injuries, recharge the batteries and mentally switch off for a week.

Players of note

Manu was contained well. Mason was pressured alot but chose his moments well and made a couple of nice breaks. Ofa Ogden was very good. Excellent offloads. Sipley bash bros played well but also contained. Ligi Sao was strong. While Papalii and Bell very very busy in the middle. Tevaga didnt get much minutes possibly injured????

But my players of the match were Manaia Cherrington and Charles Gubb. Cherrington made an instant impact after probably having 1 maybe 2 training sessions with the team. He ran when it was on and backed himself while his service from dummyhalf was spotless. Great pick up.
Gubb was quiet but came alive in the last 20 when he went to the 2nd row and played on the edge. Great offloads and chased the ball everywhere. Supporting in attack and defence.

So i headed home dissapointed but not unhappy. Always things to work on. As i mentioned above good support for the boys out there from the supporters, who seemed to outnumber Manlys supporters. Heard Very loud and proud, also seen her rocking the Reserve Grade jersey, Hook us up Vera!!!!!! Also ran in to Blair another longtime supporter, good on ya champ. Toni Lewis hubby and kids were there as always cheering along. Will def come up and say hello next time

So its bye week this week but there next game is against the Panthers in Auckland on Saturday 24th June at 1pm. Get along and support as im sure its a stand alone game with the 1st grade playing on the Friday Night before. Just sum quick stats heading into this round Mason Lino is the highest point scorer in the league with 101 points and Junior Paunga is 2nd equal on the try scoring list in the league with 10

Enjoy the bye week guys

Fan In The Stand from a soggy and shithouse HE Laybutt Sports Complex in Blacktown Out
 

Inruin

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key point for me Manu coming in off his wing for no reason and letting in the try
 
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At least they are winning.

[ISP match report] Back in winning form
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Sat 15th July, 01:26PM
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Sam Cook. NZ Warriors v North Sydney Bears, Round 12 of the 2017 ISP Intrust Super Premiership Rugby League season at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. 27 May 2017. Copyright photo: Renee McKay / www.photosport.nz

A 28-14 win over Illawarra arrested a run of four games without a win for the second-placed Vodafone Warriors in today's 19th-round Intrust Super Premiership encounter at Mount Smart Stadium.

They had conceded late tries to lose their previous two outings against Canterbury-Bankstown (20-22) and Penrith (19-22) while they fell to a convincing 12-30 loss to the Sea Eagles on June 11 and also drew 18-18 with Newcastle on June 3.

Not since their 18-10 win over North Sydney in late May had the second-placed Vodafone Warriors had success but they were in no mood to allow the winning drought to continue today as they came off their second bye last week.

The Vodafone Warriors went into the match boosted by the return of experienced centre Matt Allwood, who had been sidelined for several weeks with a rib injury.

Also in the line-up making his Vodafone Warriors debut was Wellington-born Bureta Faraimo, who scored nine tries in 15 NRL appearances for Parramatta from 2014-2016. He never faced the Vodafone Warriors at NRL level but was a familiar opponent for Wenworthville in the ISP, most recently in May when he scored twice in the Magpies' 18-20 loss to the Vodafone Warriors.

His inclusion meant the home side fielded each of its three mid-season signings with Faraimo joining ex-Wests Tigers hooker Manaia Cherrington and former North Queensland and Canberra utility Zac Santo.

Allwood marked his return with an early reward when he scored after chasing down a Mason Lino short side kick superbly. Lino supplied the extra two points for a 6-0 lead.

Enjoying a period of sustained possession through a share of penalties, Illawarra eventually found some joy with an unconverted try to hooker Reece Robson but two further strikes would give the Vodafone Warriors a handy 16-4 halftime lead.

The first came from speedy centre Junior Pauga when he went 60 metres to score before a big break from Santo provided the impetus for a try to standoff Sam Cook.

The 12-point edge was reduced to six 14 minutes into the second half. Seasoned second rower Will Matthews, who hasn't added to his 92 NRL appearances so far this year, regathered a kick to score with fullback Patrick Herbert converting to leave Illawarra just 10-16 down.

Desperate to ensure their lead wasn't further eroded, the Vodafone Warriors quickly settled down after the setback, won a penalty in kicking range and had no hesitation in opting for a shot at goal. Lino obliged to take his side out to an 18-10 advantage with 20 minutes to play.

That was extended to 22-10 by a 66th-minute Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad try - not converted - and then 28-10 when Pauga brilliantly stripped the ball and scampered 40 metres to score his second try in the 72nd minute.

Lino's conversion had the home side victory-bound although Illawarra completed the scoring action with a Kalifa Faifai Loa try late in the piece.

The triumph lifts the Vodafone Warriors to 27 points on the table. They're away to Newtown next weekend.


MATCH DETAILS
Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland

Vodafone Warriors 28 (Junior Pauga 2, Matt Allwood, Sam Cook, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad tries; Mason Lino 3 conversions, penalty).

Illawarra Cutters 14 (Reece Robson, Will Matthews, Kalifa Faifai Loa tries; Patrick Herbert conversion).

Halftime: 16-4 Vodafone Warriors.

Vodafone Warriors | Zac Santo; Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Matt Allwood, Junior Pauga, Bureta Faraimo; Sam Cook, Mason Lino (c); Chris Satae, Manaia Cherrington, Ligi Sao; Ofahiki Ogden, Isaiah Papali'i; James Bell. Interchange: Daniel Palavi, Jazz Tevaga, Toafofoa Sipley, Patrick Sipley.
 

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Sao played in NSW Cup? I know he barely got a run on Friday, but even so - you don't see that often.
 

kos

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Mar 16, 2013
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Has anyone had an eye on Santo and how he's going?
Was at the game thought Santo went pretty well bearing in mind reserve grade is lower paced footy. Cnk got a leg injury and Lino looked like he may have carried an injury into the game.
Injury
 
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mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Tevaga named at Halfback with Lino called up, now that's a surprise. Would have thought they'd have pulled someone up from U20s.
Likewise. You'd have thought Chanel Harris-Tavita was the go. Everyone raves on about him. Should promote him and see what he's got. Not like playing U20 is going to hurt that teams chances of playing finals footy...
 
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rugged

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May 1, 2012
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Anyone got any updates on how Isaiah Papali'i is going? Heard he had been looking a long way off first grade is this still the case? Do people still see him as a potential first-grade wrecking ball or has that been scaled back?
 

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