General Campion launches attack on anderson over 2002 grand final

sebastian_old

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CAMPION LAUNCHES ATTACK ON ANDERSON OVER 2002 GRAND FINAL
Sunday 1 Oct 2006 12:43
by Matthew O'Neill




Former New Zealand Warriors captain Kevin Campion has today launched a scathing attack on former Warriors coach Daniel Anderson and revealed one of the reasons why the Warriors lost their way in their only Grand Final appearance in 2002.

Campion was lock and captain of the Warriors in 2002 in the year they made their only Grand Final where they took on the inform Sydney Roosters outfit. The Warriors were down 6-2 at half-time when Anderson arrived in the sheds to what Campion and the players thought would be addressing the side.

Speaking to the Sunday News in New Zealand, Campion said,

"That halftime speech goes down as one of the worst things I have ever heard - it was just ridiculous.

"I am not too sure what he was thinking. He made us this tape of a mock commentary and must have thought the Broncos would make the Grand Final.

"He never addressed us at halftime.

"He brought a tape recorder in, said, 'Boys I want you to listen to this', and then walked out.

"It starts playing, 'Welcome to the 2002 grand final, the Warriors versus the Broncos.'

"I flipped out and thought, "What is this?"

"I was just going, 'Turn that s*** off'.

"I was screaming, 'What the **** is this?'"

Included on Anderson's pre-recorded tape was the Warriors scoring the match-winning try against Brisbane in the Grand Final. The week before the decider, the Roosters defeated Brisbane in a controversial match at Aussie Stadium where the Broncos couldn't buy a penalty until the final two minutes. The following day the Warriors defeated Cronulla in a triller at Telstra Stadium to setup the Grand Final showdown.

Stacey Jones scored a brilliant individual try straight after the break but from where it was all the Roosters as the Warriors lost their way and composure. The Roosters piled on four unanswered tries to runaway with the match 30-8.

Anderson lost the support of the Warriors players and was sacked from his position as coach in 2004. Anderson is now coaching English Super League club St Helens where on Friday night they qualified for the Grand Final defeating Hull FC 12-8 in an absolute classic at Knowsley Road. Hull FC will now take on Bradford at KC Stadium this coming Friday night to determine who'll play the Saints in the decider at Old Trafford on Saturday 14th October.

Campion enjoyed a good career where he played in Grand Finals for three different clubs with only Phil Sigsworth, Genn Lazarus and Anthony Mundine also achieving that feat. Campion was a member of the St George 1996 Grand Final side, played in Premiership victories with Brisbane in 1998 and 2000 and of course was co-captain of the Warriors in 2002. Campion also had stints with Gold Coast, Adelaide and finished his career at North Queensland in 2004.

The timing of Campion's attack on Anderson is very odd that it has taken four years for this to get out and comes out on the eve of the 2006 Grand Final between Melbourne and Brisbane.

What brought about this sudden out burst and why it has taken four years for Anderson's apparent half-time talk to now be revealed?
 

warriors4life_old

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Yeah, this came out just before the Grand Final a few months ago. I wonder if Kevin Campion will ever bring out a biography because it would be interesting to read it in more detail and see what other players had to say.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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I think it's quite funny, but who knows what the truth is really. Maybe Campo was just as frustrated as anyone back then? Who knows, ut it makes for interesting reading nonetheles. Would have been nice to know what the other players at the time thought...
 

mosh_old

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It is always easy to say that the wobbling tyre is defect once it has come off the car.
 

warriors4life_old

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I think Anderson just used the wrong tactic, not to mention screwing the whole thing up completely with the wrong opponent on the video.

I'm sure that now he has had more experience at the top he would have learned of his mistake, and he wouldn't have done it with St Helens when they made the Grand Final in the ESL.

Though it is understandable that Campion would have an aggressive reaction, because maybe he sees that episode as the defining point between winning and losing.
 

mosh_old

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To be honest warriors4life, if you are in a Grand Final and you need the coach to lift you to perform, then you have already lost. Personally the Grand Final is like the ultimate goal, especially for the Warriors who had never tasted it before. To not be motivated by all those factors for me shifts the blame on the players and not the coach.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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The blame shouldn't just be put onto one person. Everyone had a part, remember we had a lot of chances to firstly open the score in that game instead of just playing 'catch up' throughout the match. Also we blew plenty of oppertunites so it wasn't just the coach or just the players. They had a part in it all.
 

warriors4life_old

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To be honest warriors4life, if you are in a Grand Final and you need the coach to lift you to perform, then you have already lost. Personally the Grand Final is like the ultimate goal, especially for the Warriors who had never tasted it before. To not be motivated by all those factors for me shifts the blame on the players and not the coach.

Yeah that's true, good points. But maybe Campion, seeing that they were in the game at halftime and then capitulated in the last quarter of the match, chose to blame that moment for the loss. In my opinion, I would hardly class Anderson's tactic as the reason for losing, but it must have had a detrimental effect on some of the players who needed to be encouraged, not watch a glory-depicted video tape.

The Warriors lost that game outright by 22 points. Maybe if the scoreline was a lot closer people would scrutinise the video tape incident more closely, but it wasn't, it was the players who didn't step up, so if Campion believes that the incident was the difference between winning and losing then he should really take a good look at how his teammates played, instead of a mistake the coach made. When the team wins it's the players doing but when the team loses it's the coaches fault. It seems this was the case here.
 

KeepingTheFaith_old

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Campion would have a great biography. Won a premiership with the Broncos. Was there for the rise of both the Warriors and Cowboys. Had a successful few years with the Dragons and also played for Adelaide and the Gold Coast if I remember correctly so he'd have a few stories about what went wrong there as well. Oh and he clobbered Webcke good.
 

Jesbass_old

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Yeah that's true, good points. But maybe Campion, seeing that they were in the game at halftime and then capitulated in the last quarter of the match, chose to blame that moment for the loss. In my opinion, I would hardly class Anderson's tactic as the reason for losing, but it must have had a detrimental effect on some of the players who needed to be encouraged, not watch a glory-depicted video tape.

The Warriors lost that game outright by 22 points. Maybe if the scoreline was a lot closer people would scrutinise the video tape incident more closely, but it wasn't, it was the players who didn't step up, so if Campion believes that the incident was the difference between winning and losing then he should really take a good look at how his teammates played, instead of a mistake the coach made. When the team wins it's the players doing but when the team loses it's the coaches fault. It seems this was the case here.

Campion didn't blame the tape incident as the sole reason for the loss. He obviously shoulders some of the blame. The opening sentence of the article expresses that much.

Former New Zealand Warriors captain Kevin Campion has today launched a scathing attack on former Warriors coach Daniel Anderson and revealed one of the reasons why the Warriors lost their way in their only Grand Final appearance in 2002.
At the end of the day, the team needed direction. This wasn't so much the case for the experienced heads, but there were a number of very young players, too, and at least one rookie. In fact, I think only two players had ever been to a grand final before - Campion and Marsh.

It was these young players who especially needed guidance, and, according to Campion, they didn't get it from the coach. Perhaps that would have been the time for the older players to provide some motivation for the juniors.

One interesting thing here is that the commentators never mentioned this incident. Andrew Voss, who was present in the two sheds at half time, summarised the Warriors' dressing room by saying: "From Daniel Anderson, it was a bit like his half time address last week against the Sharks: just a little more composure; we play out the eighty minutes; we're good enough; we can win this grand final."

That doesn't mean the incident never happened, of course! ;)
 

Jesbass_old

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Campion would have a great biography. Won a premiership with the Broncos. Was there for the rise of both the Warriors and Cowboys. Had a successful few years with the Dragons and also played for Adelaide and the Gold Coast if I remember correctly so he'd have a few stories about what went wrong there as well. Oh and he clobbered Webcke good.

Lol, yes, he got by with a little help from his friend Marsh! :D
 

warriors4life_old

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Campion didn't blame the tape incident as the sole reason for the loss. He obviously shoulders some of the blame. The opening sentence of the article expresses that much.

At the end of the day, the team needed direction. This wasn't so much the case for the experienced heads, but there were a number of very young players, too, and at least one rookie. In fact, I think only two players had ever been to a grand final before - Campion and Marsh.

It was these young players who especially needed guidance, and, according to Campion, they didn't get it from the coach. Perhaps that would have been the time for the older players to provide some motivation for the juniors.

One interesting thing here is that the commentators never mentioned this incident. Andrew Voss, who was present in the two sheds at half time, summarised the Warriors' dressing room by saying: "From Daniel Anderson, it was a bit like his half time address last week against the Sharks: just a little more composure; we play out the eighty minutes; we're good enough; we can win this grand final."

That doesn't mean the incident never happened, of course! ;)

This article is missing the second half that actually appeared in the Sunday News a few months ago. In the other part, Campion made it clear that this was the major reson for the Warriors losing their way in the second half. Although he doesn't actually state that, it feels like it is being implied.
 

Jesbass_old

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This article is missing the second half that actually appeared in the Sunday News a few months ago. In the other part, Campion made it clear that this was the major reson for the Warriors losing their way in the second half. Although he doesn't actually state that, it feels like it is being implied.

If what Campion says is true, I'm inclined to agree that it was the major reason. It wasn't the only one, though.
 

Skinny_Ravs82

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Lol, yes, he got by with a little help from his friend Marsh! :D
Haha, oh what a wonderful memory! I'm sure if Marsh hadn't stepped it, well jumped on Webke's back then it would have been a good fists-a-thon!:p
 

sebastian_old

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I don't know what Anderson was thinking, if he wanted to try something new to address the players at halftime, a grand final is NOT a game to do it. I think it was damn irresponsible & no doubte it would've had a bad effect on the players. Instead of being clear minded & charged up they probabaly would've just been damn confused, especially with no input on a actual game plan.
 

warriors4life_old

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This video tape could have been used as a scapegoat. If the Warriors had won the tactic could have been commended and called brilliant but because they lost it was seen as mindless. If Campion wants to acknowledge this as one of the reasons for losing then he should also list the other reasons for why the Warriors didn't win.
 

Jesbass_old

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I don't know what Anderson was thinking, if he wanted to try something new to address the players at halftime, a grand final is NOT a game to do it. I think it was damn irresponsible & no doubte it would've had a bad effect on the players. Instead of being clear minded & charged up they probabaly would've just been damn confused, especially with no input on a actual game plan.

But what if it had paid off? Then Anderson would have been called a genius by all concerned, Campion included.