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NRL 2015 - Rnd 19 - Roosters vs Warriors Gameday Chatter
Allianz Stadium


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Time to get the beers in, put on your favourite jersey and if you're in town get to the park. Its game day.

This Sunday Allianz Stadium will host the ultimate battle of defence against attack when the Roosters host the Warriors in Round 19.

The excitement and expectation in New Zealand reached new heights this week as the Warriors crept into the top four with a victory over the Storm, headlined by another brilliant attacking display which propelled them to the equal-most tries in the Telstra Premiership.

Meanwhile the Roosters consolidated their position in third place with a comprehensive win at Penrith, and with their Origin stars back on deck and no significant injuries to note the Tricolours look a force to be reckoned with as they continue to produce the NRL's best defensive record.

The hosts have made just one positional change for the clash with the Warriors, with Aidan Guerra starting at lock and Isaac Liu going back to the bench.

Coach Trent Robinson has included youngster Jackson Hastings as 18th man.

It is a similar story for Andrew McFadden's Warriors, who have Jacob Lillyman back in the starting 13 and Albert Vete on the bench, while veteran prop Sam Rapira is 18th man.

Representative stars Manu Vatuvei, Konrad Hurrell and Ryan Hoffman haven't been named as they continue to recover from injuries.

Watch out Roosters: The Warriors possess arguably the best attack in the competition this season, leading all teams in line breaks (averaging five per game), and sitting tied with the Raiders and Broncos for most tries (four per game). They have scored at least 28 points in each of their past three games, and last up against the Storm they broke the line seven times on their way to scoring five tries.

High error counts have been the leading cause of several Roosters' defeats in 2015. Averaging almost 12 every game they sit second for the most mistakes in the Telstra Premiership, behind only the Warriors. The New Zealanders are specialists in taking advantage of cheap handovers.

Watch out Warriors: The Roosters forward pack is one of the few who can match and better what the Warriors' big men are capable of. Last week against the Panthers every one of the Roosters' starting pack - bar Isaac Liu - ran for over 100 metres, while off the bench both Sam Moa and Boyd Cordner did the same.

Some strong goal line defence saved them in the end, but the Warriors handed over enough ball to allow the Storm back into the match last week. After completing at just 68 percent the Warriors ended the game with less possession than their opponents despite dominating most of the 80 minutes. They simply can't afford to do the same against a quality Roosters side with halves who will take full advantage.

Key Match-Up: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves v Ben Matulino. For the second week in a row Matulino comes face-to-face with a fellow Kiwi international in a battle for front-row supremacy. In an attacking sense Matulino has it over JWH in almost every category, running more often for more metres. But it's in the defence and aggression stakes that Waerea-Hargreaves excels, averaging 30 tackles a game and ensuring opposing forward packs feel the fear.

The History: Played 34; Roosters 15, Warriors 18, drawn 1. Despite trailing in the overall head-to-head record the Roosters have enjoyed some success of late, thrashing the Warriors 46-12 last season and backing it up with 25-21 win in Round 14 this year. Recent history shows their clashes tend to be close ones, with nine of their last 11 decided by 12 points or less.

Did You Know: When it comes to being bound by history the Roosters are unrivalled, as the only club to compete in every round of the competition since its inception in 1908. The Tricolours have won 13 Premierships in that time and this year celebrate the 40-year anniversary of their 1975 premiership victory.

Match Officials: Referee: Matt Cecchin. Assistant Referee: Grant Atkins. Touch Judges: Nick Beashel and Matt Noyen. Video Referees: Steve Clark and Luke Patten.

Televised: Fox Sports - Live from 2.00pm AEST. Sky Sport – Live from 4.00pm NZT.

The Way We See It: The Warriors have been enjoying some great form of late, scoring tries for fun and last week showing an excellent commitment to defence. But none of the teams they have beaten recently have been near the quality of the Roosters, who at home are a formidable beast. It will likely go down to the last 15 minutes, where the Bondi boys will have too much class and win by eight.

https://www.nrl.com/roosters-v-warriors-preview/tabid/10874/newsid/88039/default.aspx
 

eudebrito

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May 21, 2013
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Surely the NRL will have a quiet word about leaving SKD out. Innocent until proven guilty and all that, but sounds nasty and won't be a great look if he scores and is shown throwing the ball in the air as the charge sheet is read out behind him on the lead nightly news story.

I think we'll go okay today, but they'll need to be off the boil a bit for us to get up in the end, the roosters are prone to drop the ball and give away penalties on occasion. Must be all the kiwis.
 

facefacts

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Apr 26, 2012
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Surely the NRL will have a quiet word about leaving SKD out. Innocent until proven guilty and all that, but sounds nasty and won't be a great look if he scores and is shown throwing the ball in the air as the charge sheet is read out behind him on the lead nightly news story.

I think we'll go okay today, but they'll need to be off the boil a bit for us to get up in the end, the roosters are prone to drop the ball and give away penalties on occasion. Must be all the kiwis.

As long as we dont beat ourselves i'll be happy.

I would almost prefer we lose a tight one where both teams play high quality footy rather than win because the Roosters don't show up...almost.
 
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jonno

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Jul 13, 2014
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I'll be happy if our guys go out there and give it their very best shot... Leave it all out on the park and all that stuff..

If we can get our 1% plays out at a higher rate than the poosters we can definitely win.... When we do that we're basically un stoppable.. When we do that...
 

Brother Faisal

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May 9, 2012
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Surely the NRL will have a quiet word about leaving SKD out. Innocent until proven guilty and all that, but sounds nasty and won't be a great look if he scores and is shown throwing the ball in the air as the charge sheet is read out behind him on the lead nightly news story.

I think we'll go okay today, but they'll need to be off the boil a bit for us to get up in the end, the roosters are prone to drop the ball and give away penalties on occasion. Must be all the kiwis.
whats the stance of the nrl on domestic violence. is it possible he could get a ray rice punishment if proven guilty?
 

matiunz

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Jul 15, 2013
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Looking forward to this one although a wee bit nervous.
Thinking this game is crucial to where we actually sit, if we win/are competitive then we may just be the goods.
Heading down for my first live game of the season-can't wait!
 
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Bluecat again

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Sep 30, 2012
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Today is the day. Are we a genuine top four side or are we just making up the numbers? If we can win this one we can be there at the back end of the finals series but a loss will put us 9th or 10th with not a lot of games left. Can't wait until 4 o'clock. As for Kenny-Dowall, surely he will have to be stood down until it goes to court? 2nd tier players get their contracts torn up.
 

goldcoast-warriors-fan

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Jan 22, 2013
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Today is the day. Are we a genuine top four side or are we just making up the numbers? If we can win this one we can be there at the back end of the finals series but a loss will put us 9th or 10th with not a lot of games left. Can't wait until 4 o'clock. As for Kenny-Dowall, surely he will have to be stood down until it goes to court? 2nd tier players get their contracts torn up.
Addin fanua Blake the recent example
 
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mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Chance for New Zealand Warriors to make a statement against Roosters
Date July 18, 2015 - 7:30PM
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The New Zealand Warriors are a team on the rise, however they face a moment of truth when they take on the Sydney Roosters at Allianz Stadium this afternoon.

The Warriors came into this round of football in fourth position on the premiership ladder.

They have won six of their past eight matches, including big wins in their past three outings over the Storm, Raiders and Titans, scoring a total of 96 points and conceding only 36 points in the process.

Dynamic: Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson (second from left).

In fact, the Warriors' most recent loss was at the hands of today's opponents back on home soil, when the Roosters produced a Blake Ferguson try in the last seconds of play to snatch a 25-21 victory.

The Warriors should be treating today's challenge as an early dress rehearsal for finals football. If they are to be considered as serious title contenders, they need to perform well against the premiership favourites this afternoon in Sydney.

I'm sure they will.

Because the Warriors rarely appear on free-to-air television in Australia, many rugby league fans may be unaware of the emerging young talents in this team.

The highlight of this match could well be the battle between the star-studded Roosters outside backs and their talented, but lesser-known, Warriors opponents.

Roosters flyers Michael Jennings, Blake Ferguson and Shaun Kenny-Dowall have been in sparkling try-scoring form of late. However, they would not want to be underestimating the talents of youngsters Tuimaeala Lolohea, David Fusitua and Solomone Kata. These New Zealand boys might not be household names in this part of the world, but they are developing a huge following in their homeland and I'm sure all these lads will be out to prove a point against be Roosters this afternoon.

Key to the Warriors chances will be the contribution of their brilliant halfback, Shaun Johnson. This young man is a sensation. Best known for his brilliance, unpredictability and flamboyance, Johnson is now staring to develop real reliability and stability in his game. This, in turn, has helped a number of the other Warriors players to develop their games around the unique skill set of their halfback.

The battle of the big men up front should also be entertaining. The Warriors' representative pair of Ben Matulino and Jacob Lillyman need to match the Roosters' Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Sam Moa and Dylan Napa. I am anticipating some fireworks here.

Given the prospect of dry daytime conditions for the Sunday afternoon clash, I anticipate this being one of the fastest-moving matches of the season so far.

If you have never seen this Warriors team play live, do yourself a favour and get out to the footy this afternoon. You won't regret making the effort.

https://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league...atement-against-roosters-20150718-gife0l.html
 

Richie

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Jul 28, 2012
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What does via carriage service mean? Good lawyer talk. Good that we didnt buy him.

Just means the communication was via a medium, text, email, snail mail, phone, etc. Can even have been via a message that wasn't received directly. Cops love it because it's a relatively easy offence to make out, as the law covers a wide swath of harassing/menacing/offending behaviour. Carries a max of 3 years on its own, but SKD and his lawyers will be far more concerned about the AOBH and 6 counts of common assault.
 
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