Post Match [Round 18, 2021] - Warriors vs Panthers Post Match Discussion

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16 Suncorp Stadium
18 Jul 2021 16:00
80th minute

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Warriors Orange Peeler
Jun 21, 2012
Mt. Wellington, Auckland
NRL 2021 - Round 18 - Warriors vs Panthers Post Match Discussion
New Zealand Warriors vs Penrith Panthers
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane


Thread to share your thoughts on the Round 18 game between the New Zealand Warriors and Penrith Panthers after the match. Name your Man of the Match, discuss the coach, captain, starting team, bench, opposition, game tactics, substitutions, errors (or lack thereof), penalties (or lack thereof) highs, lows, refs etc.

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1st Grade Fringe
Sep 23, 2016
All things considered, quite a heroic effort.

Most blokes put in, big time.

Big question marks on Katoa for me. If he can't show some energy like the rest of them in a backs against the wall effort, then when will he? He has more physical talent than most, but somehow still plays like a wet blanket.

Concerns over Dallin Watene-Zelezniak too. Can't fault the effort, but he just gets owned physically.


Warriors 1st Grader
Mar 5, 2014
All I want to say is, I’m proud of this team.

2 years playing away from home, having to move so consistently due to Covid.

Battling injuries all year - and in this game alone, 4 major injuries that essentially left us with no bench for over half the fucking game.

Change of ownership and coach in the last few seasons.

I get the criticism this team has got, that Brown has got, that we should be doing better.

We’ve lost winnable games time and time again this season.

But this game in itself was a metaphor for how we’ve had to battle so hard the last few years.

No home games - and the one we do finally get, gets taken away from us as soon as it could.

We’ve struggled to field a consistent 17 man team all season - with mid season transfer to boot - no time to build combos etc.

The one game we are able to field a decent side - we lose Tohu Harris, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Egan (who has been phenomenal this season) and Berry (whose starting to show why the club rate him so highly).

We battled valiantly but fatigue was always gonna set it.

Panthers fans, bonehead media gonna get all giggly after this.

Another reason to kick the Warriors when they are down.

I think this season should show upper management the importance of a strong medical team - got to keep this team healthy.

The team will be stronger next season with troops back, Shaun Johnson homecoming etc.

But injuries can derail any squad - we would’ve won today if not for the game day injuries, because the Panthers had their own injury woes as well.

But the league gods couldn’t have that. Couldn’t have the top-8 hungry Warriors topple 2nd place Penrith.

It fucking sucks but whānau hold tight - our time is coming…

…it just has to be. It has to.
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1st Grade Fringe
Jul 12, 2013
Given the circumstances I thought we gave it our all. If only we had given this many fucks during our last few games, we wouldn't be out of finals contention. Still remember us putting on almost 30 pts in the second half against a 14 man raiders side. We conceded half that with one less man against a much better side.

On a brighter note, this front row of Lodge + Addin Fonua-Blake has the potential to be one of the best in the comp. When we were fully fit for the first 20 mins, I thought they actually had the upper hand over the Panthers front row. Berry is looking the good, shame about the injury though. Think we've found ourselves our center pairing now. Montoya deserves his wing spot moving forward as well.


Warriors 1st Grader
May 7, 2012
Better than a win against a rubbish side for mine.

Proud fan today,

Once we lost the entire function of replacements this became a war of bravery in the face of impossible odds and the Warriors stood up in the tradition of all the great underdogs.

No one knows the leader of the Persians.

Every one knows the leader of the 300


1st Grade Fringe
Oct 11, 2013
Dunedin, New Zealand
Proud. Addin Fonua-Blake & Lodge. Unbelievable. 80 mins at prop, against a strong pack. Kodi is a better hooker than half. Walsh is gifted, in his athleticism but more so in his mindset. We showed some real heart today. Warriors of the past would’ve dropped lip, but this is a different team. We’re not getting the results but we’re a far better team. Proud.

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