Great game, this is going to rival origin soon enough. The last two games have been close affairs with massive theatre involved with Haka and war dance. NSW looking too strong for Queensland in the disparity of players to choose from may make it stale, and the indigenous game could become a huge money maker for the nrl. Liked the idea of bringing to NZ and think it could be huge. Somehow introduce a Pacifica team in that incorporates the nations of say Moana Pacifica and the sky’s the limit.

Tonga Fiji and Samoa could bring back the original Pacific cup by joining.

That way Samoa most of all would become much stronger as the bros sign on for it over time.
 
Thank you group for not telling me off for my anti Kodi take on the game
Concede my adjectives were overly pejorative
As I started my post however the way you saw Kodi before last night will be how you saw him play last night
If you are anti Kodi like me then you saw a series of egregious sixth tackle kicks and micro decisions to not pass to a player with an overlap because he second guessed himself like jagged said.
If you thought Kodi should partner Shaun Johnson as your position before last nights game or that he would be a good 14 then the things that stood out were
1) he scored a decent try
2) his territory kicking was acceptable
3) his distribution and passing in general were the best on show out of all 4 halves by some considerable distance.

He is a polarising player and people can watch him and walk away with different takes on how well he played.

He looked considerably better than Nicho Hynes but I don’t think that makes Kodi an nrl standard half.

For those who see an upside with him. I feel your point.
If he can drink a giant cup of self belief and find his mojo he could be nrl standard and be outstanding. Having played around 140 games I think he won’t find that self confidence he lacks if he hasn’t found it in his previous multiple seasons.

Again thank you for letting my off the hook and I apologise.
 
I think what this game confirmed was that Chanel Harris-Tavita is unlikely to be starting in the halves round 1 unless there are injuries. Given Ash and Shaun Johnson are somewhat injury prone he may get time there anyway.
Will be interesting to see how Ash goes in the trials as Kodi was solid given the conditions.
It looks like it will come down to what combo coach wants to go with....Shaun Johnson and a runner or good kicking/passing options on both sides of the ruck.
 
Thought Jazz was terrific. High energy, great offloads and completed for everything. Think he may have sealed a bench spot if not starting.
Smaller forward suited to the faster style of play the rules favour but one who plays aggressively above his weight!

Bit of mongrel which is great too, as long as you're willing to cop the odd penalty that comes with that style.
 
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I think what this game confirmed was that Chanel Harris-Tavita is unlikely to be starting in the halves round 1 unless there are injuries. Given Ash and Shaun Johnson are somewhat injury prone he may get time there anyway.
Will be interesting to see how Ash goes in the trials as Kodi was solid given the conditions.
It looks like it will come down to what combo coach wants to go with....Shaun Johnson and a runner or good kicking/passing options on both sides of the ruck.
So nothing new for Chanel Harris-Tavita same old mud performances ever since he debuted but somehow he's still labeled as the next big half to take over.
 
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Yes but lets wait till the trials to see how Ash goes.

Fox league 502 will be showing a lot of trial games so we can judge.

Nor sure about Sky Sport Nz.

As for Patty Herbert.

I told you jokers when we let him go.

Sad day as the guy has attitude in spades now his talent has improved.

Warriors loss. Titans gain.
Mostly I agree with this, but coming in often like that in club land against more informed or sophisticated teams will bring him undone and we’d be pissed off at it.

Not to mention not passing that last ball of 2021…..poor buggar.

I like the guy and would have him back for sure but also not missing him, as well as being glad he got straight over that GF moment - good on him go hard PH.
 
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This was a great game and good for building depth in the Kiwi squad. Only 8 current Kiwis and a number who could feature in the World cup later in the year.
 
Man it should be in a main center.

Happy for Rotovegas but.


Aucks next please.

Would have been interesting to see the size of the crowd it could have generated at Eden Park, but what a week it will be for the Rotorua region and such a unique natural part of NZ for the indigenous Australian players to learn about that haven't visited there before. The stadium fits about 20,000 so it's big enough to make it an event.
 
NZMRL host all their tournaments down Rotorua, these days, so they had the inside running TBH Would have thought Hamilton would have got the nod though, the closest Stadium to the home of NZMRL - Huntly. Either way, it's great for the league in NZ to get that match here.
 
NZMRL host all their tournaments down Rotorua, these days, so they had the inside running TBH Would have thought Hamilton would have got the nod though, the closest Stadium to the home of NZMRL - Huntly. Either way, it's great for the league in NZ to get that match here.
It’s a great way to give the teams a bit of a holiday alongside the game. You play the game but spend the week as a tourist in a tourist hot spot. Luging, white water rafting, zorbing, mountain biking, etc.

Great for team building and getting away from the pressure of the usual match week routine and you can’t do that sort of thing as easily in a big city.

The promotion of NZ to the overseas players is worth its weight in gold for long term future Warriors recruitment.
 
Was going to wait until Round 1 before renewing the Sky Sports sub that went out the window this afternoon.

League tonight and rearranging my schedule for Monday for SuperBowl.

Won’t tell you what’s it cost me but Shayleen will enjoy it far more than I will.

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