Pick Your Team Pick Your Team 2018 FINALS WEEK 1 - Panthers vs Warriors

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Pick Your Team 2018 FINALS WEEK 1 - Panthers vs Warriors
Qualifying Finals


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WELCOME TO THIS FORUMS FIRST EVER WARRIORS FINALS THREAD!!!
Yep its true. Since this forum started in 2012 we have never had to make a thread about our First Grade side playing finals footy lol.

At the time of posting this thread no opponent had yet been decided. Thread will be updated by admin ASAP...
 
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I just hope all of our injury concerns are fit enough to play

Especially Mannering ... it'd be fucking tragic if that man missed out on finals footy due to an injury
 
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Awesome. At this point I would want us to play either Panthers or Dragons at home at Eden Park but it's probably going to be Broncos away at Suncorp in Brisbane which in my half bottle of wild turkey and bucket of spicy Nashville KFC chicken, food coma inducing, drunk opinion would be like a grand final for us as we can beat Broncos away then we can beat anyone, anywhere, including Melbourne. Dude I would really rate our chances of winning premiership if that happened. Go NZ Warriors !!!!!!! :)
 
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Hiku has to maintain his spot. There is clear correlation between Hiku playing and Fusitua finding the line.

I'm 99% sure this will be the team

1. RTS
2. Fusitua
3. Hiku
4. Kata
5. Maumalo
6. Green (he was rested to be safe, I think he's 100%)
7. Johnson
8. Gavet
9. Luke
10. Paasi
11. Papalii
12. Harris
13. Blair
14. Tevaga
15. Mannering
16. Afoa
17. Pulu/Beale
 
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In the interests of keeping the team combos together.

1. RTS
2. FUS
3. Hiku
4. Kata
5. Ken
6. Green
7. SJ
8. Passi
9. Luke
10. Gavet
11. Blair
12. Harris
13. Mannering

14. Jazz
15. Afoa
16. Pulu
17. Papali'i

Give that team a dry track and they'll beat anyone IMO.
 
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Hopefully James the G man is recovered for next week, that's one rested forward from a bashed pack.

There are two reasons no one wanted Canberra as a pre finals opponent.

1. You probably lose
2. Those big fat bastards bash the shit out of you.

We overcame the losing part but our hull is leaking and the ships taking on water.

Reminds me of the first time we made the finals after a brutal game to draw with the storm round 26 in 2001. Best game the Warriors and Storm ever played.

We went on to lose our maiden final by fifty to Brian Smith's Eels.

None of these teams are as dangerous as a Brian Smith finals side.

Brian is in our corner now ( cant win a GF but the man can get you there).

Kearney and Corvo will dial down the training now. Last night was proof that a year of harsh fitness training has worked - the Warriors looked in a different category of fitness to the
Raiders....better able to defend turn over ball and pressure the best attacking side in the comp into making crucial errors in their finishing plays .

On the other hand we saw how the Raiders swarmed our right edge, SJ and Tohu were heavily marked, Hiku was being tackled when he pulled off a hail Mary....proving how dangerous and difficult it is to stop those guys....even if you lock them down.

We are way more fluid with Green in any case, his injury is a blessing in disguise ( shout out to Mason - a little hero who has every right to play finals footy).

Our left looks very strong with Kata running a good line last night for a tremendous try.

Funny how they brought Ken in field to get some runs in attacking Red Zone sets...using passing players to give him turns at the ball....a week after getting his contract....he just needs to keep at it with Green giving him ball....he runs like a backrower.....give the kid enough ball he might pull out that nice side step he has....at the moment hes over engineered to play like a battering ram.

For all Jazz's flaws last night, the big Raiders were having trouble with him, our meters kicked up a gear and Luke was rolling nicely til he got coat hangered....Jazz gives us a counter effect feel when we are struggling...his use is so unorthodox

Spending a week resting without being flogged at training is enough to recover very fit athletes.

After last nights Horror period (in truth there was nearly eighty minutes of pressure) I.e. when it looked like we were going to lose our stand off and Hooker - you'd have to think, Kearney will have to be a brave man not to carry a back on his bench this week....hope he holds his nerve.

The thing that stood out last night is that we were ready to counter punch with an attacking team, we went blow for blow and kept our nerve.

In the dying minutes I was talking to my kids saying ' they need to play Chess now ...close this out...get a repeat set'

Shaun Johnson stood up and steered that side to a finals like victory in a bloody mauling stoush ( you know shits heavy when players are busting sternums, lying smashed on all fours grabbing at their throats, unable to answer a trainer during an on field HIA)....I digress, SJ took us home with an in goal repeat set.

Sure the Raiders pulled off the miracle plays of a drowning man...turn over scrum ball...one on one strips, flukey horrible kicks, but in the end the top eight team closed them out.

Its been a long time ( if ever) since we had a war with the Raiders where in the first battle we had to sniper them with two drop goals in the dying seconds, and then stand up to them when they came to our house seeking vengeance....in my living memory we always lose that 2nd battle.

Mentally I think the Warriors are ready, physically they are ready, it's now in the lap of the Gods as to whether injury toll stops our mission.

They know after last night if they fight to the death, no matter how imperfect their execution is, they have enough to hurt other teams.

Opposition coaches watching that game will be worried, those Warriors are hard to beat.
 
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Gotta keep as close to a consistent side as possible going into the finals, I’d say only Green and maybe Gavet to come in if fit otherwise no non injury changes.
 
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If fit Green has to come in for his experience, along with Gavet who has been impressive in recent weeks.

I have a feeling we could be playing the Broncos away. If so I would like the game to be on a Friday night, due to self interest as I’m in Brissie on Thursday / Friday on business.
 
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I really hope Mannering is fit and OK to play he really did look like he's hurt pretty bad. Fingers crossed.
Does anyone know any more as to the extent of his injury??
 
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Rest assured Mannering will play next week, they won't be able to stop him, Green said himself he's ready to go, unsure on Gavet.
Dude couldn't breath ( I've had multiple busted Ribs and rehabbed chest wall injuries lots ). They say sternum is worse.


It's not a good idea to play if it's broken, you cant fully expand your lungs. I recon the medics wont listen if he begs to play and it's not safe.

It also hurts to lift your arms which is why you saw Mannering raising his elbows in anguish trying to push thru.

He only lasted seconds on the field when he came back on....terrible.
 
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I really hope Mannering is fit and OK to play he really did look like he's hurt pretty bad. Fingers crossed.
Does anyone know any more as to the extent of his injury??
Not sure on the exact extent of the injury but I read an article where Mannering was quoted as saying he had injured it his first hit up of the game, it was half time when he cooled down where it became painful. He Mentioned in the same article he’ll be sweet to go. Provided there is no fracture or break it’ll be down to pain tolerance, if that’s the case Mannering will play, possibly with a needle or two as well
 
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Dude couldn't breath ( I've had multiple busted Ribs and rehabbed chest wall injuries lots ). They say sternum is worse.

I've punctured a lung after getting injured while already nursing a broken rib.

It's not a good idea to play if it's broken, you cant fully expand your lungs. I recon the medics wont listen if he begs to play and it's not safe.

It also hurts to lift your arms which is why you saw Mannering raising his elbows in anguish trying to push thru.

He only lasted seconds on the field when he came back on....terrible.
I hope that they dont let him out there if hes broken. Honestly just cant afford the risk. I know that SK runs a three man bench most of the year, but that would be a step to far imo.

Also Dave, what were u doing with a broken rib, that then gave u a punctured lung? I assume it wasnt at the same time
 
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Not sure on the exact extent of the injury but I read an article where Mannering was quoted as saying he had injured it his first hit up of the game, it was half time when he cooled down where it became painful. He Mentioned in the same article he’ll be sweet to go. Provided there is no fracture or break it’ll be down to pain tolerance, if that’s the case Mannering will play, possibly with a needle or two as well
Does this mean that hes likely to have the same issue at half time next week?
 
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I hope that they dont let him out there if hes broken. Honestly just cant afford the risk. I know that SK runs a three man bench most of the year, but that would be a step to far imo.

Also Dave, what were u doing with a broken rib, that then gave u a punctured lung? I assume it wasnt at the same time
Truly bizarre but two weeks after breaking a Rib at work, I tripped on the stairs at home and just the impact of landing flat on the ground was enough to put a small hole in the lung from the boney edges of a rib fracture.

Main problem Mannering will have is pain stopping him breathing properly, then the vicious circle of needing more air....equals bigger breaths.....equals more pain....and of course people colliding with the traumatized area.

I'm no doc....I see a Sternum injury can cause bruised heart and Lungs....(googled that).

Hope its minor for his sake.

Agree we cant carry wounded soldiers.

We have to have the mindset that we will still be playing in a few weeks from now when Simon's fit to return.
 
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