Internationals Anzac test

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daj3_old

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Personally, I would have picked Pettybourne over Manu, but they're a similar sort so it doesn't bother me. With 12 interchanges match fitness isn't too much of an issue, he'll provide around 20 minutes of quality and enthusiasm. My only complaint is that perhaps Pettybourne deserves the spot more?

What's the go with Ben Teo these days? If I was Kearney I'd pick him asap to sort his eligibility issues out. I know it'd be awesome if all Kiwis players had the same attitude as Marshall or Warea-Hargreaves, but I'm not gonna hold it against a player if they're a little undecided, a bit of coaxing from Kearney and his old team mate Marshall, along with a test jersey could be enough to bring out the patriotism in him.

This time last year I was saying f**k him, if he can't make his mind up I don't care... that was because I didn't think he was worth the hassle. Point is, he's playing like SBW at the moment, I'd love to see him in a kiwis jersey.
 

garyhobson_old

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We need a prop on the bench. If you swap Lima for either one of them (except Tamou), that leaves us with 4 backrowers or 3 and Heremaia. I'm not liking either or those options coming up against the Aussies. We need to dominate the middle, and we can't do that without at least one prop on the bench.

Russel Packer or Jeff Lima then, although not in the best form, test match in the black jumper they will step up to the occassion.

I just dont think its right to pick Sika after hes been through such a tough injury and only have half a game behind him, now he finds himself in a test match against Australia. I read an article on him and hes still suffering phycologically. But im sure if Kearney wouldnt have picked him if he didnt think he could get through the game.
 

Fazz_old

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The day we win an anzac text will be like the feeling of winning the grand final imo...
 

Jesbass_old

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Russel Packer or Jeff Lima then, although not in the best form, test match in the black jumper they will step up to the occassion.

I just dont think its right to pick Sika after hes been through such a tough injury and only have half a game behind him, now he finds himself in a test match against Australia. I read an article on him and hes still suffering phycologically. But im sure if Kearney wouldnt have picked him if he didnt think he could get through the game.

I agree with your concerns, but I also agree with your comments on Kearney's insight.

Ironically, I think this match might be an easier introduction for him, (despite the added intensity), than an NRL match because he's needed for much less time. I haven't read the article about him suffering psychologically, but the ones I've read have quoted both Adam Blair and Zeb Taia talking about how incredibly fit he is...so who knows.
 

Jesbass_old

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The day we win an anzac text will be like the feeling of winning the grand final imo...

Nah, winning in 1998 would have paled in comparison to winning in 2002 if the Warriors had won that last match. The World Cup, though...that'll be hard to beat!
 

Northern_Union

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I reckon the Aussies are in for a shock tomorrow night. When ever the aussies start taking there eye off the ball like they are now with the salery cap they are there for the taking.
GIVE EM A TASTE OF KIWI!
 

a.c.e_old

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GIVE EM A TASTE OF KIWI!

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warriors4life_old

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The day we win an anzac text will be like the feeling of winning the grand final imo...

For some maybe. Personally, I think ten Anzac test wins probably wouldn't equate to one Warriors premiership.
 

a.c.e_old

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For some maybe. Personally, I think ten Anzac test wins probably wouldn't equate to one Warriors premiership.

I hear ya. But here in Australia, a Kiwi victory would do wonders after the last couple of weeks of Warrior bashing from the locals.
 

warriors4life_old

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Nah bugger that, country before club. Beating aussie is beating the best of the best.

Winning a competition of 26 rounds and 4 weeks of playoffs against 15 other highly competitive teams would hold much more merit in my eyes than a one-off win against Australia.

But hey, each to their own.
 

garyhobson_old

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I agree with your concerns, but I also agree with your comments on Kearney's insight.

Ironically, I think this match might be an easier introduction for him, (despite the added intensity), than an NRL match because he's needed for much less time. I haven't read the article about him suffering psychologically, but the ones I've read have quoted both Adam Blair and Zeb Taia talking about how incredibly fit he is...so who knows.

If a couple of forwards go down in the first half, that will mean Sika Manu will have to get through the whole game, i doubt that he could get through it without coasting along. Theres a difference between being fit and match fit, he'll be feeling it big time when he gets on, as will all the players, but him especially with the speed of the test match against australia. His body looks fit, his whole body looks well conditioned.

Im looking forward to see how the Benji and Kieran Foran combo works, many are predicting this will be the long term kiwi halves combo, both being specialist five eights. I herd Kieran on the footy show last night that they are going to be playing right hand side/left hand side. Like the eels with Kris Keating and Daniel Mortimer.

Also looking forward to seeing Zeb Taia and the ability he has to create second phase play with his offloads, Jared Warea Hargreves, love his passion and aggression.
 

Magic Stick_old

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Lance Hohaia has been shocking...He is in poor form for the Warriors.And he is carrying that crap form to the Kiwis
 

Northern_Union

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It wasn't his best game. I'm surprised that the kiwi's didn't take on the aussie forwards with our little men with fast feet.
 

Northern_Union

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Ok so who did we have missing from our squad?
Simon Mannering
Manu Vatuvai
Nathan Fien
Roy Asotasi
Greg Eastwood
Jeremy Smith
Fuifiu Moimoi
Taniela Tuiaki
Frank Pritchard

Geez we could field two test teams with our depth these days.
 

Beetle_old

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Rapira was good, as he has been all year. Played big minutes and shut down a lot of danger men in defense.
 

Magic Stick_old

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Rapira is one of the form props in the game...like what Zeb Taia brought to the game

Nightingale and Hohaia was rubbish.Perrett was good.but overall our back 3 posed no threat
 

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