Chris Rattue’s winners and losers: One moment said it all about Andrew Webster’s Warriors revolution
Chris Rattue runs through the winners and losers from the sporting weekend.
WINNER: The Warriors
The revolution is here.
Under new coach Andrew Webster
, the Auckland league club is unrecognisable from theerratic rabble of the past three decades (give or take the odd good season).
There have been so many extremely encouraging signs in the first three rounds of the NRL.
Nothing speaks more to the point than Manly recruit Dylan Walker
, whose energy, speed and angles in the middle of the field are a revelation.
Players are finding new levels — even wobbly wing Ed Kosi
looks the part.
One moment stood out in Townsville, where the Warriors ended a 13-match losing streak in Australia.
Muscular Adam Pompey
has his limitations as a centre but the way he destroyed the classy Valentine Holmes to create a try against the Cowboys said it all about Webster’s new broom.
Every team gets the chance of its day in the sun under the NRL’s salary cap, player-go-round system. For once, the Warriors look capable of grabbing the opportunity.
This punter can’t wait for the team’s return to Mt Smart Stadium, where they play the Bulldogs on Sunday. I haven’t felt this confident for a very long time, if ever.
If only Webster had been in charge when booming Brisbane prospect Reece Walsh was at the club.
OPINION: Warriors are unrecognisable from the erratic rabble of the past three decades.