In terms of these trials I think we’ll all be looking for tells, the most obvious is the promotion of the the football but there are other key area's that have been emphasised in preseason that I’ll be looking for. Bump O’Farrell was over here to help with tackle technique and play the ball speed, Steve Oliver has had them working on their wrestle and obviously Corvo with what he brings.
You want to see quicker play the balls than last season, you want to see the opposition player held up in the wrestle and managed to the ground better and you want everything that comes with a fitter/stronger athlete, getting offloads away in the tackle, decoy runners and players supporting the ball carrier and not tailing off in the last 20 minutes.
TBH I can’t make a proper prediction on the season until after the trial game against the Titans.
I already predicted a finish out of the top 8 so not expecting results. What I would like to see is 80 minutes of effort from the whole team not just a couple of guys , if we get that I might even be happy enough not to call for SK's head. If we see a whole team effort with guys busting their ass for the Warriors and we can maintain that then we know we are heading in the right direction and when we get new/better personnel we can start thinking about finishing up the ladder consistently.
A man can dream right?
THE Warriors started 2017 with arguably the best spine in the competition and finished it with nine consecutive losses.
How does coach Stephen Kearney turn it around? Attitude is key and the astute addition of seasoned trainer Alex Corvo to whip the Warriors into shape is a step in the right direction. But it may not be enough to spare Kearney from a tough season.
The signatures of up-and-coming forwards Agnatius Paasi and Leivaha Pulu will bring enthusiasm to this pack, and Tohu Harris is an outstanding acquisition.
The Warriors have lost plenty of games where they’ve been let down by their big men up front, and with Ben Matulino, Charlie Gubb, Bodene Thompson and Ryan Hoffman exiting, they’re left with a skinny forwards rotation.
The Warriors will be desperate to silence their critics in 2018 BACKS
There is potentially a lot of strike-power in this backline. David Fusitua was impressive in the World Cup for Tonga and Ken Maumalo and rising star Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad will keep the first-string outside backs on their toes.
Hooker Issac Luke is the poster boy for what happens to good players who move to the Warriors — and he could be fighting for his spot if he can’t find some form. Ever-brilliant half Shaun Johnson can go missing in the big moments and has the tendency to pull the wrong rein, but Blake Green will help share some of his burden. And we know what Roger Tuivasa-Sheck can do.
Grand final winner and Kiwi international Tohu Harris is a major signing for the club INS AND OUTS INS: Tohu Harris (Storm), Gerard Beale (Sharks), Leivaha Pulu (Titans), Manaia Cherrington (Sharks), Adam Blair (Broncos), Peta Hiku (Warrington Wolves), Matiu Love-Henry (Norths Devils), Blake Green (Sea Eagles).
OUTS: Kieran Foran (Bulldogs), Manu Vatuvei (Salford Red Devils), Ben Matulino (Wests Tigers), Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Charlie Gubb (Raiders), Toafofoa Sipley (Sea Eagles), Ryan Hoffman (Storm), Jacob Lillyman (Knights), Bodene Thompson (Leigh Centurions).
The journeyman five-eighth has proved himself to be a perfect halves partner for marquee halfbacks, forming excellent combinations with Cooper Cronk and Daly Cherry-Evans in recent years. Can he do the same with Shaun Johnson?
THEY’LL BE LEANING ON... Shaun Johnson. The Warriors live and die on the talents of him, and have done so for far too long. With the club’s finals drought stretching to seven years, they are at risk of wasting Johnson’s career.