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01 Jan 1970 12:00PM

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Inruin

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Well, with Roger back and Kieran a big chance of playing, this feels almost like the beginning of the season for us... at least we got something out of the first 3 weeks. The normal us would be 0-3 right now.
exactly! normally we are well in to a record losing streak. At the moment we are only two games in to it

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mt.wellington

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We havent beaten the Dragons in Australia since 2003. They are quite the boogie team for us. For them to have a 79% win record against us since 1998 is plain ridiculous. We have only won 5 of the last 24 encounters.

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One of those 5 however was the last time we played at Mt Smart last year. It was Round 9. The round after the disgusting 42-0 loss to the Storm and the infamous prescription pill saga that saw Ben Matulino, Albert Vete, Sam Lisone, Bodene Thompson and Manu Vatuvei dropped to Reserve Grade. The Warriors dont need anymore motivation then what happened that bittersweet week...

 
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We havent beaten the Dragons in Australia since 2003. They are quite the boogie team for us. For them to have a 79% win record against us since 1998 is plain ridiculous. We have only won 5 of the last 24 encounters.


One of those 5 however was the last time we played at Mt Smart last year. It was Round 9. The round after the disgusting 42-0 loss to the Storm and the infamous prescription pill saga that saw Ben Matulino, Albert Vete, Sam Lisone, Bodene Thompson and Manu Vatuvei dropped to Reserve Grade. The Warriors dont need anymore motivation then what happened that bittersweet week...


Odds in our favour then for an upset!
 
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So we are due then.;)

Although it is well known our record against them in Australia is bad. Seeing the stats written out really highlights it.

This being the Warriors and we broken a few hoodoos the last few years we will probably see a 40 point thrashing. I'm more worried about next week now.:p
 

Vancent

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TBH its a tough spot for him to be in being a new coach. Persist and build trust with the players, and giving them one more (after previous) chances, or be ruthless in team selections and picking solely on form. Management in all sports of careers say they pick on form and performance, but just like everything else, the NRL is just the same. Obviously the fans are crying out for ruthlessness when it comes to team selection, but putting yourself in Kearney's shoes, it could just as easily backfire on him by losing support of key players. Wouldnt be the first time the player power kick out a coach. Said it all along, the issue has never been with the coaches we have had. Its the players, always has been. Unless it is weeded out, us fans will simply have to put up with the same bullshit that we have for so long.
Getting (or is) very hard to argue with this.

Kearny should be with us no matter what now. If we see the same challenges it's time to bite the bullet and rebuild one by one.

I can't g t the saying "defence is all about attitude/desire" and I agree it's true.

2017 will need to be the year the players accept and embrace the relevant accountability or the club will suffer as a result.
 
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in all serious though, I really don't have a good feeling about this game, I feel that the Dragons forward pack are going to completely dominate ours, and Packer will be leading the charge on that one. You then couple that with Cam McInnes, (probably the best hooker on form this season) running his quick darts out of dummy half and catching our middle out continuously with De belin, Packer, Vaughan, Frizell running as support off his shoulder. Who doesn't see that happening?

Pretty easy game plan
 

Navigator

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We havent beaten the Dragons in Australia since 2003. They are quite the boogie team for us. For them to have a 79% win record against us since 1998 is plain ridiculous. We have only won 5 of the last 24 encounters.


One of those 5 however was the last time we played at Mt Smart last year. It was Round 9. The round after the disgusting 42-0 loss to the Storm and the infamous prescription pill saga that saw Ben Matulino, Albert Vete, Sam Lisone, Bodene Thompson and Manu Vatuvei dropped to Reserve Grade. The Warriors dont need anymore motivation then what happened that bittersweet week...


Good news is our record at this ground isn't that bad ...is it 1 win 2 losses
 
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ToiletDuck

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Dragons win at a canter. Even when the dragons are traveling awfully they have no issue putting us away by simply not dropping the ball and not missing many tackles. We leak 20+ points a game regardless of our opposition, and this will be no different. Actually I expect it to get ugly if they go up 12 or more inside the first 20.
 
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in all serious though, I really don't have a good feeling about this game, I feel that the Dragons forward pack are going to completely dominate ours, and Packer will be leading the charge on that one. You then couple that with Cam McInnes, (probably the best hooker on form this season) running his quick darts out of dummy half and catching our middle out continuously with De belin, Packer, Vaughan, Frizell running as support off his shoulder. Who doesn't see that happening?

Pretty easy game plan
This is exactly how they orchestrated all our defeats to them.

They run us out of steam.....the back three for the dragons do the same (same as our back three) dummy half runs to keep the ruck speed too fast for the Warriors to defend.

The other thing they do specifically against the Warriors is play second phase....watch their backs make an unusual (by dragon standard) amount of passes and off loads to keep the Warriors stretched.

It works really well, we can't keep up, and even if they make errors playing a higher risk Un dragon like 2nd phase game.....they can afford to....since we make plenty of our own errors.....all things being square....their ability to defend those errors....have more gas in the tank = bogie
 
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