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mt.wellington

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Jun 21, 2012
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Panthers vs Warriors Gameday Chatter [Round 4, 2020]
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Panthers v Warriors: Martin out; Maumalo sidelined

Penrith remain unbeaten but they'll be itching to make a statement against the Warriors after blowing a commanding lead to draw with Newcastle last round.

The Panthers may well fit in some extra field goal practice during the week after the unlucky Matt Burton missed five attempts.

Meanwhile, the Warriors are coming off a terrific win over the struggling Dragons in which they completed an astounding 46 of 48 sets - including 44 straight sets - and didn't concede a point.

Team News
Panthers: Billy Burns replaces Liam Martin on the interchange and Charlie Staines also was omitted from the 19-man squad on Thursday night. The Panthers have won five of their past seven games against the Warriors.

Warriors: Ken Maumalo is out, with Adam Pompey to replace him on the wing. Leivaha Pulu also dropped off the extended bench 24 hours before kick-off. Peta Hiku (ribs) and Agnatius Paasi (suspension) are out with Karl Lawton at centre and new signing Poasa Faamausili and Josh Curran joining the bench. The Warriors have not won at Campbelltown since 2007.

Key Match-Up
Isaah Yeo has been enormous for Penrith this season, pumping out huge numbers and minutes in the middle. The opposite No.13, Adam Blair, set the tone against the Dragons, and the Warriors will again look to the veteran for leadership here. Both men can have a big influence on their teams.

 

Bluecat again

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Sep 30, 2012
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I want a win
Everyone knows we can do it
I loved the six again rule last week. From memory Blair didn't give away one penalty by messing around in the tackle and he (and the team) looked better for it. More of the same needed tonight. No silly penalties, completed sets, and discipline
And some more bonus sets of six from the ref please
 

The Falcon

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Jun 20, 2017
575
Auckland
I want a win
Everyone knows we can do it
I loved the six again rule last week. From memory Blair didn't give away one penalty by messing around in the tackle and he (and the team) looked better for it. More of the same needed tonight. No silly penalties, completed sets, and discipline
And some more bonus sets of six from the ref please
.... and a few more probing darts from dummy half 👌🏾
 

wrighty

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We're in tough without Ken as his go forward on set starter hit up are priceless.

That said maybe without him playing it will make the rest of them gel and give a 110% effort.
I think the game comes down to how well Panthers play. If they can execute 20 plus points then that will be too many for us to chase.

It will be close - she's all on for young and old at 8pm tonight. Every dude on this forum will be watching and his dog beside him.

Let's gone Warriors. Fire up boys!
 

Stone

1st Grade Fringe
May 19, 2012
1,267
Auckland
I like what I've heard from Kearney & the players in the build up to this match so far.

They seem to understand that last week was a unique situation & that the season proper starts tonight against the Panthers.

It's an old cliche but this match will be won up front, Penrith has one of the better packs in the comp so this should be a real litmus test for our depleted pack, especially without Maumalo being there to kick start our sets.

We'll have to contain their roll on, keep a sharp eye on Koroisau, who is very slick from DH & more than capable of ripping any teams middle to shreds, we'll also have to keep our edges extremely tight in D, especially against Kikau.

On that note, I'm really looking forward to seeing how Kra-Katoa measures up against Kikau. Very similar type players with similar type games so it should give us a really good indication of where Katoa's game is at right now. Personally I think the kid is money. But only time will tell us for sure.

GO THE WARRIORS!!!
 
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Miket12

Warriors 1st Grader
Apr 20, 2012
10,580
Rugby league: Off-field challenges still remain for New Zealand Warriors in NRL

One of the first things many of the Warriors players will do tomorrow morning is go for a walk.

They can't go far, restricted to the park across the road from their Terrigal resort, with a red circle marked on a map denoting the limits of their wandering zone.

They also can't go together, only allowed to venture out with their respective roommates, but at least they can leave the compound, independently, for their first small taste of freedom in weeks.

It was a concession granted on Wednesday, after the Auckland club told the NRL that something had to give.

There were concerns for the welfare of the playing squad, who were, to borrow the title of an iconic New Zealand book, Stranded in Paradise.

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Where the Warriors are staying in Terrigal. Photo / Getty

On the field, things are starting to look quite rosy. The team managed an impressive performance against the Dragons, where the energy, belief and commitment was a massive step up from March.

Success breeds confidence, and the Warriors might be much more competitive than many expected.

But off the field, it's a struggle. The players have been living a weird existence for more than a month now. It's not just that they are away from family and friends; they are also estranged from normality.

Last week one observer likened their situation to living in a 'five star prison'. That's an over the top comparison, but the difficulties of their situation shouldn't be underestimated.

Until Wednesday, the Warriors players were unable to leave the resort and head out for a walk.

If they wanted to go for a stroll, their only realistic option was to get a ride to their training ground, then walk a few laps of the field there.

So the NRL's concession has been a welcome initiative, warmly received by the players, but only came about after Warriors' chief executive Cameron George directly petitioned NRL boss Andrew Abdo.

Players in other teams, especially the Sydney clubs, had all kinds of freedoms; they could take their kids to the playground, grab a takeaway coffee or go to a park.

George even threatened, only half-jokingly, that he would buy 40 dogs, as walking your pet was permitted under NRL protocols on animal welfare grounds. But sanity prevailed, after the governing body consulted their health experts.

But life is still restricted.

Warriors players can't go to the beach, nor for a swim or surf. Supermarket visits are possible, but only on a solo basis, and they have to be driven by a member of staff. They can't go to a local cafe, nor have a game of golf on their day off.

Aside from their apartments, which are shared with one or two other teammates, the only other area they can assemble is the communal team room. It meant that, until a few days ago, the only sense of freedom was at training.

While they are living in luxury, and have been treated superbly, it's hard to put a value on basic daily routines that we all take for granted. Especially considering the Warriors have been essentially in isolation since they arrived in Australia, almost five weeks ago, which was preceded by five weeks in lockdown in New Zealand.

Hopefully, life edges back to normal soon. Players are now able to prepare food in their own apartments, if they choose, rather than the thrice-daily group meals in the dining area.

Three of the players' families have travelled to Australia, currently serving the 14-day quarantine, and more will follow this month.

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New Warriors signing Poasa Faamausili at training. Photo / Photosport

The NRL has indicated that they will review their overall protocols again soon, though they are understandably wary, given the potential impact if a player or coach tests positive to Covid-19.

But whatever happens, it's been a unique chapter in Warriors history.

A period where the players spent more time together than they would have thought humanly possible, and the simple announcement of a walk in the park prompted a raucous cheer in a team meeting.

 

Fonzie

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Apr 22, 2018
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RobRoyMcCoy

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Apr 19, 2012
895
I am not one to bag the coach or the players, and I will only ever support the Warriors.

However, I pick Penrith to take this with big Ken out. That has got to be one of the worst back lines we have ever fielded.

Yes, I am hoping for a miracle but the odds are clearly not in our favour. Maybe this siege mentality of living in the "five star prison" is how the miracle happens. I hope so.

C'mon the Warriors!
 

Ponyandtrap

U20's Player
Sep 21, 2019
37
I am not one to bag the coach or the players, and I will only ever support the Warriors.

However, I pick Penrith to take this with big Ken out. That has got to be one of the worst back lines we have ever fielded.

Yes, I am hoping for a miracle but the odds are clearly not in our favour. Maybe this siege mentality of living in the "five star prison" is how the miracle happens. I hope so.

C'mon the Warriors!
Yeah that backline looks flakey with not much early set go forward either. Having 7 players in the 17 with 10 NRL appearances or less is a worry.

Last week gives me hope but the fact Penrith lost to the Knights (and should have got 1 of their 5 field goals) and the Knights beat us 20-0 in round 1 is concerning to say the least.

But like they say you're only as good as your last game and ours wasn't too shabby, go Warriors!
 

valpy73

1st Grade Fringe
Apr 29, 2016
84
Even though our attack hasn't been that great I think our defence is quite good even since round one.

Out of the 7 tries we have conceded 4 of those have been to kicks, one to a mistake by a fumble by Adam Blair, only one has been created through a line break so our D hasnt actually been that bad and our scramble D has been good.

If we can improve our attack I can see the team be a big threat.
 

Stone

1st Grade Fringe
May 19, 2012
1,267
Auckland
A win would be great. No doubt.

But more importantly IMO is this team showing that last weeks performance against a poor effort from the Drags wasn't a one off.

All I ask of this current team is consistent effort & execution week in & week out & that they make the opposition have to fight hard for the full 80mins.

If they can do that then I'll back them Win Lose or Draw.

GO THE WARRIORS!!!
 

Sammyw11

1st Grade Fringe
Mar 8, 2016
209
Yeah that backline looks flakey with not much early set go forward either. Having 7 players in the 17 with 10 NRL appearances or less is a worry.

Last week gives me hope but the fact Penrith lost to the Knights (and should have got 1 of their 5 field goals) and the Knights beat us 20-0 in round 1 is concerning to say the least.

But like they say you're only as good as your last game and ours wasn't too shabby, go Warriors!

Penrith also stuttered and struggled in their tight win over the dragons.. knights also had pearce and ponga when they beat us.
 

Rick O'Shay

Warriors 1st Grader
May 1, 2013
4,902
New Plymouth
Even more nervous about this one than last week. If we crack it, I'm willing to accept there's been a major change within the team culture.

Get the same completion and hard up defence should get us across the line. Fingers crossed
 
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