I like to lay everything out in a spreadsheet so it's easier to see how many days there are between matches, runs of home/away games and how the SOO games play a part.
Things I noticed after I did it :
The season is kicking off a week later than 2018 which is a bit odd considering the gap between the Maori vs Indigenous and Round 1 will be a month.
We play the Sea Eagles twice in NZ in 2019, usually when teams do a deal to play a game in NZ it means they only have to play us once. That'll teach them for taking us to Perth.
We are playing the Storm at home on the Saturday after SOO 1 (Wednesday in Brisbane).
We are playing the Panthers at home on the Saturday after SOO 2 (Sunday in Perth).
We are playing the Knights away before SOO 3 (Ponga missing).
We are playing the Broncos away on the Saturday after SOO 3 (Wednesday in Sydney).
The toughest run of games I see fall in July where we play the Knights in Newcastle, then the Broncos in Brisbane, then the Sharks in Wellington and finally the Eels in Parramatta.
Wouldn't surprise me if the club stayed over in Australia for the Rounds 9/10 and Rounds 22/23 where we have close back to back games.
Other thing that caught my eye in the press release was the mention of the Warriors getting so many Friday night games and that contributing to a 30% increase in viewers in NZ for the year. Would be interesting to know how long Sky's rights are for and whether they play ball with paying more at the next negotiation. Could we see a model like Australia where a Free to Air broadcaster bids alongside Sky for say the Warriors and one other NRL game per week? Imagine the combined viewership if that happened.
Green is Mt Smart
Blue is elsewhere in NZ
Orange is Away