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NRL 2015 - Rnd 12 - Warriors vs Knights, Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland.


If you're in town than get down to the game and support the boys. If you cant make it than get the beers in and yell at the telly. Its game day.

Warriors play at home after two wins on the road against the Sharks and Eels and a much needed rest after a bye week. The six points from that period see us hanging in the top 8 of the ladder but with the table so congested we could easily drop out with a loss today.

We lose Thomas Leuluai for the rest of the season after rupturing his ACL.


1 Sam Tomkins
2 Jonathan Wright
3 Tuimoala Lolohea
4 Solomone Kata
5 Manu Vatuvei
6 Chad Townsend
7 Shaun Johnson
8 Jacob Lillyman
9 Nathan Friend
10 Ben Matulino
11 Bodene Thompson
12 Ryan Hoffman
13 Simon Mannering (c)

14 Siliva Havili
15 Seb Ikahihifo
16 Sam Lisone
17 Albert Vete

Coach: Andrew McFadden

Sam Tomkins is back in a massive boost for the Warriors pushing Tuimoala Lolohea to the centres. Nathan Friend will start at hooker for Thomas Leuluai who is out for the season with a knee injury. and Seb Ikahihifo replaces Sione Lousi on the bench.

1 Dane Gagai
2 James McManus
3 Sione Mata'utia
4 Joseph Leilua
5 Akuila Uate
6 Kurt Gidley (c)*
7 Tyrone Roberts
8 Kade Snowden
9 Adam Clydsdale
10 David Fa'alogo
11 Beau Scott
12 Tariq Sims
13 Jeremy Smith

14 Tyler Randell
15 Chris Houston
16 Korbin Sims
17 Jack Stockwell
18 Joseph Tapine

Coach: Rick Stone

Adam Clydsdale returns to the hooking role, pushing Tyler Randell back to the bench. Beau Scott and Jeremy Smith have also been named, with Clint Newton, Chad Redman and Pat Vaivai all dropping out of the side.

* Apparently Kurt Gidley out for Carlos Tuimavave
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Remember the games starts nil all. With Tomkins back after a long lay off I can't see everything clicking into place straight off. That is why completing sets putting pressure on the Knights with good field position will be the best way to go rather than being too expansive to start with and risking mistakes.

They have guys like Scott who will probably try and knock our spine players however they can. Our guys can't afford to have their focus knocked by such tactics. I am sure to regain credibility they will be willing to cop some guys on report. Refs don't seem willing to bench for late tackles.

The Knights have strike players like Uate who can take advantage of mistakes. They did lead 18-6 against the Broncos. Solid, no mistakes completions allied with good field position and defence will set the platform for a good win.
Agree Gizzy. Play smart first, show respect. If the Knights don't show up then put them to the sword, but if they do show up then we have to be ready to earn every point.
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Great if we could get three good wins today (please!!!) - and, for the sake of my heart, can the boys please wrap the games up before 60 minutes and not 78 minutes - surely that's not too much to ask :)
The talk has been about next year, rightfully so, with such glorious signings. Now we have had 3 wins ( 1 being bye) on the trot, and in7th position. I feel, like most years, that this game needs to have some very convincing elements to it, to stamp our top 8 credentials, ala a Melbourne or a roosters team. Previously we have choked on this sort of occasion. If this happens again it tells us all we need to know. as will a emphatic win, with high percentage completions, high percentage plays, and effort that is noticeable from the first play. As a supporter know what I want to see, but realistic enough to know not to hold my breath.
A overcast 16 degrees in Auckland today. Be wet under foot with a high chance of banana peels...

Any players hoping for some highlights reel action to boost their careers shouldn't bother today. It's all about the dirty weather grind, and any player who fails to get into the grind is going to cop it from me...:mad:
I have the distinct impression that our team is really starting to gel and should kick on from our two away wins.
Concerns, 1. Jacob and the Hoff may suffer after SOO
2. Wet under foot so someone please tell Pomkins to put long studs in.
pumped to see siply get a run in nsw cup, be good to see how it goes. shame about the weather but hey, good teams must win rain hail or shine! dont think weve had a wet game this year, see how these games unfold
13 plus. Warriors to thwart Knights a new one. Sam Tomkins to terrorise his opposite number on his first day back ... :)
Thanks for the local weather update. Completely agree with the above about playing tough and smart (respectful) early, but then going for the jugular if the Knights show fear or weakness. On the weather, our reshuffled team and the criticism they Knights have been coping during the week, I'm changing my pick to a close 1-12 win, which after the last 2 wins, I'm comfortable the boys can deliver. Of course, the lower score estimate could just reflect my usual growing nerves as kick-off approaches. The more optimistic about our team I am (and I'm feeling very optimistic atm), the more nervous I get. Go figure.

FTS - Kata
MoM - Shaun Johnson
Predictions - all our starting forwards to make 100+, Tomkins to have a solid return (no drops at the back, decent kick returns, 1 try saver) and Havili to sneak over for a try from dummy half late in the game when we're on top.
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