Geez you’d have to be a pretty miserable git to put this headline out instead of this one.
NRL: Warriors end with a whimper
Instead of this one
New Zealand Warriors restore some pride in brave NRL loss to Canterbury Bulldogs
Being only the decent (or even halfway acceptable) performance since the sharks game, that’s a long 5 weeks, but it does make you more willing to think about the performances again, instead of blocking it out and never mentioning it.
RFM might be better served as a running 13 or prop, if he can add some bulk, got a little bit of young ben matulino in the way he runs, long legs, footwork, less likely to shell a pass when not handling short balls on the edge.
While I want Lolohea as long term 6, maybe they should just park that, get him to focus on playing centre and backup fullback, he is just a lot better receiving the ball than he is providing it to others.
Pity Mason Lino is unlikely to ever be much of a defender, he’s a tidy operator, as far as back up halves go looks like the warriors have stumbled into a handy one.
Bodene Thompson and his left foot step was a very good buy, remember he didn’t come aboard until November last year so hopefully they can find the backline version of him over the next 3 months.
For the departing players
Nathan Friend a good servant of the warriors during some tough years, but won’t be shedding any tears not having to watch his delivery from dummy half anymore, its pretty rough at the best of times.
Chad Townsend can hold his head up on the way out, his kicking game makes you hold your breath, but got in some good ones to keep the team in the game.
Sione Lousi had a pretty bad season for someone who’s been around for a while, played alright this time, but I don’t think anyone’s going to be regretting his release if it happens.
Similarly Sebastine Ikahihifo might be an okay interchange forward, but seems to have a rep as a fumbler and a penalty magnet, maybe he should work on abusing the refs, instead of looking confused, they seem to respect that.
Dominic Peyroux, starting NRL centre will be looked back on as a mystery for the ages, we have/had a lot of players whose best role seems to be “play in the middle of the field for 15 minutes off the interchange” where his stop-start running can be occasionally effective. Konrad should be ashamed of himself he isn’t able to beat out this bloke for a spot.