Another perfectly timed mystery injury to one of our star players. The footy gods are playing games with us me thinks.
Rolled ankle guys , thank fuck
Easy games against the Cows are few and far between.
You couldn't even call the last meeting an easy game. The cows completed in the ninety percentile...playing a very conservative arm wrestle of a game.
That was off the back of a huge gulf between the form of both sides...the Cows were beaten down...the high flying Warriors had just belted the Roosters in Sydney.
If we have a clear advantage over them it is at Hooker.
As we have seen in other games this year, big packs can really trouble us.
If the Wings don't show up and use their size and mobility we could be toast, if Luke is flat...same difference.
The key to the Warriors matching up against more vaunted packs is balancing our up front mobility with some out and out up the guts grunt by our Wingers.
That up front mobility which Keaney favors only works when our forwards run decoys...and when they race up and gang tackle....hunt as a pack in other words.
Kearneys model is one heavily reliant on team contribution. It shows when they make up their minds to defend that try line...every man goes hardout.
This 'process' is shift away from individual brilliance and relying on freaks like Johnson,Manu, Hurrell, proving a point of difference by doing things other players can't do.
In the bigger picture team work, even distribution of effort, is the fix for the Warriors.
Rather than stacking the side with Star forwards - like the mob we are facing, the answer for the Warriors is using aggressive workers.
If our lot show up the Cows show up, it would be one hell of a game.
This is definitely key for getting it wide, its always come about from the 6 creating the overlap and nobody does that better ball in 2 hands than Johnson, along with the ability to crack the line should the defense extend too much. He creates uncertainty on what is our 8/10 play.
Hoping this plays in our favour aswell, last dry track we played on was Roosters round 4. Seems like an age ago.Be the first time warriors have seen a dry track in a while, while it wasn't raining in chch, but it was a bit of a paddock, still slippery, hasn't rained in townsville in weeks.
We likey some dry weather footy.