General 2022 Offseason and Pre-season

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I watched on laptops and it was horrible went to a phone and had relatively no problems
From memory i was watching on both pc and laptop but i also watched the all stars game on the same pc and that seemed much better. Pisses me off they don't have sky go on smart tvs( apparently something to do with content provider agreements according to sky but then they allow you to cast from your phone (quality worsens).
Sky now is much better.
They used to give month long free trials couple years ago but i think they caught on to the fact people could get through most of the season with multiple emails lol. Only 1 week trial now.
 
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If you had to choose one over the other I would go with Curran also. However, as a combination I would go with both Curran & Jazz sitting alongside Katoa to start the season - a robust combination whose fitness levels will be higher than some of the other players especially at start of season. I think Aitkens experience will be better utilised at centre for the first handful of games!
It sounds like they still want to go with the compressed defence so will require quick second rowers to push everyone out. I think Katoa will be used through the middle with Curran, Aitken, Sironen in the second row. It will be interesting to see how Ben Murdoch-Masila is used
 
It sounds like they still want to go with the compressed defence so will require quick second rowers to push everyone out. I think Katoa will be used through the middle with Curran, Aitken, Sironen in the second row. It will be interesting to see how Ben Murdoch-Masila is used
I agree with this but I think it means you need mobile edge forwards but not necessarily a mobile 13 - I’d expect Tohu Harris at 13 when he’s back?
 
I agree with this but I think it means you need mobile edge forwards but not necessarily a mobile 13 - I’d expect Tohu Harris at 13 when he’s back?
Yeah I would think it will be Tohu Harris at 13 when fit and the mobility of the 13 would not be crucial. Surprised that there is talk of Curran playing there as I would have thought that he would settle into a combination on an edge. It will be interesting to see how much ball playing the 13 is required to do
 
Don't get too excited about the trials. First match will be mostly players from the wider squad. Second trial will be mostly players comprising a probable team that lines up in round 1.
I don’t actually mind that. Get to see players that you won’t normally see during the regular season. The problem I do have is when these games are played at these rural parks and the cameraman seems to be two blocks away
 
I agree with this but I think it means you need mobile edge forwards but not necessarily a mobile 13 - I’d expect Tohu Harris at 13 when he’s back?
Through the Roos & Hammer podcast I asked Ivan Clearly where he'd play Tohu Harris. He said quality edge players are few & far between so that's where he'd play him, although he stated he was great in the middle too. I also think he'll return at #13 all the same
 
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Through the Roos & Hammer podcast I asked Ivan Clearly where he'd play Tohu Harris. He said quality edge players are few & far between so that's were he'd play him, although he stated he was great in the middle too. I also think he'll return at #13 all the same
Same thought line should have Curran on the edge
 
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I thought Curran looked pretty good for the Indigenous with his angles back in. I think he played 13 but was playing on an edge at least part of the time. Looked good there imo, and will be very dangerous with Shaun Johnson crabbing across field picking and choosing his options, with Walsh out the back.

Maybe it’s a bit of Curran on an edge and Jazz starting at 13, and then when he goes off Curran jumps in 13 with Ben Murdoch-Masila/ Katoa coming on to an edge?
I think Aitken will be the other backrower.
 

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First trial team list has been named and a thread created for it. Feel free to keep posting about our preseason but all trial discussion should go in the following thread please...

 

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First trial team list has been named and a thread created for it. Feel free to keep posting about our preseason but all trial discussion should go in the following thread please...

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Long time no see Brother
 
I found this comment interesting at 28:00:

[asking about Dallin Watene-Zelezniak starting at centre in the trial]

Morgan: … and obviously with Reecey not there for the first couple of weeks we’ll need to find ourselves a centre.

is that an indication that they’re looking to Berry will play fullback for the first two rounds? I guess we’ll see who subs in for Walsh tonight.
He Also mentioned Chanel Harris-Tavita but not sure if he meant as a fullback or centre.
Seems like a lot of the coaches thoughts echo our own.
 
Morgan: … and obviously with Reecey not there for the first couple of weeks we’ll need to find ourselves a centre.
On Rocco Berry, "he's only played half a dozen games of Rugby League, full stop." Berry started 8 NRL games plus played Q Cup last season 🤷‍♂️
Hard to believe anything Morgan says since he said he was fully committed to the Kiwi Ferns & had no desire to return to coaching in the NRL back in 2019
 
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The Warriors entrusting Nathan Brown to rebuild their roster

The New Zealand Warriors remind me of a storybook romance gone stale. Now two years removed from their fairytale COVID campaign, fatigued and homesick, this team is slowly but steadily falling apart at the seams.

It’s like checking in with Cinderella and Prince Charming two years after the ball, only to find them squabbling about an overdue electricity bill. The magic is long gone.

What we’re left with is a transient team lacking any real footballing identity. The roster is an alphabet soup of journeymen and redemption stories, and their only true superstar, Reece Walsh, is said to be unhappy and considering his options.

Nathan Brown finds himself in an unenviable position. His team are likely to be based in Australia for a third straight season – their chances of making the finals comical at best. The Warriors will head back to New Zealand in September as strangers in their own home, desperate to close the book on one of the club’s darkest chapters.

And they’re well positioned to conduct a full rebuild. Most of their players are unsigned beyond 2023, giving them the salary cap flexibility to sign some blue-chip recruits.

The Kiwi club will be craving a fresh start to help re-engage with their fans – fresh faces, a fresh culture, and a fresh brand of football. A fresh coach?

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