Game Information

Storm
Vs
Warriors
70 AAMI Park
25 Apr 2022 21:00
80th minute
10

Match Stats

Storm Player Statistics

# Player T Pts TA LB TB OFF Ta MT/IT Pos DR H/M K/M AR/M E P
1 R.Papenhuyzen 2 22 3 1 3 0 2 0/0 29 2 0/0m 2/30m 14/145m 0 0
2 N.Meaney 2 12 0 1 1 0 4 0/0 8 0 0/0m 0/0m 6/118m 0 1
3 R.Smith 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0/2 7 0 4/33m 0/0m 6/43m 0 1
4 J.Olam 1 4 0 1 4 2 2 2/0 16 1 3/24m 0/0m 13/187m 1 0
5 X.Coates 4 16 0 2 5 0 0 1/0 20 0 3/18m 0/0m 15/195m 1 0
6 C.Munster 0 0 4 2 4 2 12 2/0 47 0 0/0m 6/159m 17/180m 1 1
7 J.Hughes 2 8 3 1 1 0 7 2/0 45 0 0/0m 6/291m 5/129m 0 0
8 J.Bromwich 1 4 0 1 5 2 10 2/2 15 0 6/50m 0/0m 10/94m 0 0
9 H.Grant 1 4 0 1 3 0 32 1/1 103 10 0/0m 3/48m 16/114m 0 0
10 N.Asofa-Solomona 0 0 1 0 2 0 11 0/0 12 0 7/74m 1/15m 9/107m 2 0
11 F.Kaufusi 0 0 0 0 0 2 14 0/0 15 0 7/51m 0/0m 13/102m 0 1
12 K.Bromwich 0 0 0 0 1 0 15 1/0 15 1 7/65m 1/9m 14/125m 0 0
13 J.King 0 0 0 0 0 0 38 1/1 20 0 8/71m 0/0m 12/103m 0 0
14 B.Smith 0 0 0 0 3 1 28 1/2 40 2 4/40m 1/12m 12/81m 1 0
15 T.Wishart 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0 0 0/0m 0/0m 0/0m 0 0
16 T.Loiero 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0/0 11 0 7/60m 0/0m 10/82m 0 0
17 T.Moeroa 0 0 0 0 5 0 4 0/0 13 0 5/48m 0/0m 11/131m 0 1
18 C.Lewis 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 9 0 2/16m 0/0m 4/32m 0 0

Warriors Player Statistics

# Player T Pts TA LB TB OFF Ta MT/IT Pos DR H/M K/M AR/M E P
1 R.Walsh 0 2 0 0 3 1 3 6/1 28 2 0/0m 9/415m 11/106m 2 0
2 D.Watene-Zelezniak 1 4 0 1 0 0 2 0/0 6 0 4/25m 0/0m 7/41m 0 0
3 J.Arthars 0 0 0 0 1 0 14 3/1 8 0 3/21m 0/0m 4/28m 0 0
4 A.Pompey 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2/1 13 0 3/16m 1/8m 6/47m 0 0
5 E.Kosi 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0/0 11 0 5/31m 1/5m 7/42m 0 3
6 C.Harris-Tavita 0 0 1 0 0 0 18 0/2 31 0 0/0m 1/49m 1/4m 0 0
7 S.Johnson 0 0 1 0 0 0 15 2/2 31 0 0/0m 2/69m 2/9m 0 1
8 A.Fonua-Blake 0 0 0 0 1 0 18 3/0 8 0 6/57m 0/0m 7/59m 0 0
9 W.Egan 1 4 0 0 1 0 34 5/0 68 3 0/0m 0/0m 6/41m 1 0
10 M.Lodge 0 0 0 0 1 1 29 4/2 18 0 12/86m 0/0m 14/111m 2 0
11 E.Aitken 0 0 0 0 1 1 38 1/1 10 1 5/32m 0/0m 7/44m 0 1
12 B.Sironen 0 0 0 0 1 1 25 1/2 5 0 2/17m 0/0m 5/42m 0 1
13 J.Curran 0 0 0 0 1 0 29 1/1 6 0 3/25m 0/0m 5/34m 1 0
15 B.Afoa 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 1/0 5 0 3/24m 0/0m 5/46m 0 0
16 A.Pene 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 3/2 5 0 4/37m 0/0m 5/43m 1 0
18 T.Otukolo 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 4/0 0 0 0/0m 0/0m 0/0m 0 0
20 J.Tevaga 0 0 0 0 2 2 49 4/0 14 0 7/47m 0/0m 8/50m 0 1
22 R.Berry 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0 0 0/0m 0/0m 0/0m 0 0
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Agree! Roosters Dragons should he swapped around. In saying that doesn't the stadium look beautiful at night on these games.
I certainly think there should be a switch-around in play: One year Roosters-Dragons early game, next year Rooster-Dragons late game...

Anywho...

Don't see this being by more than 8 either way.

If the Warriors want this, here is where Mr Johnson goes and shows us the tricks he learnt at the Sharks.
 
Nice of the NRL to once again look after it’s Kiwi audience ffs, why couldn’t it be on around 4pm?
Collingwood v Essendon Anzac game plays across at the G and the plan was always to attract spectators from there across to the Storm v Warriors afterwards. Not sure how many do head across but that was always the reason for the 7pm AEST kick off.
 
My thoughts? The Storm will win the 6-again count by 8-2, or similar leading to a comfortable final margin.

Why will the 6-again count be so lopsided? Cheating NRL refs? Well, I don't believe so.

The reason we keep losing the 6-again count is not so much that the storm lay all over us (which they blatantly always do), it's the fact that we always let them! Our guys often show no urgency to get to their feet to play the ball, therefore making it very easy for the ref to let the opposition lay all over us without calling 6 again. When the Storm players are tackled they are constantly fighting to be allowed to quickly play the ball, this forces the ref to decide if the player is impeded pretty much every tackle.

This is not rocket science, not sure why this isn't being coached that we at least need to make a big show of fighting to quickly play the ball otherwise this stat will never even up. Maybe this is purely down to fitness that we are too gassed to fight to get up each tackle?

We saw this last week v the roosters that they were fighting to quickly play the ball each tackle leading to them steamrolloling us through the middle each set while when we were tackled we were content to flail around uselessly on the ground, have a quick cup of tea before leisurely playing the ball therefore losing all forward momentum in the process....
The latest evolution from the Storm is in their vertical wrestle, it’s basic in function but very well executed in collaboration with team mates, particularly within the middle block defenders.

The basic principle is to catch the ball carrier, keep him upright for longer, the second defender assists to wheel him around to face his own goal posts, third defender comes in low to help perform the take-down. All performed very slowly.

Net result is more time spent in the upright wrestle which can’t be pinged by the ref and a ball carrier that is slower off the ground to recover his position to play-the-ball.

They‘re masters at controlling the tempo of the opposition though the middle. We’ll need to find a way to brake down their edges if we’re to have any success.
 
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It’s all good and well that our goal line defence has improved. Similar to the early rounds of 2018. Until we came up against the storm, who can score from anywhere.

Recent years suggests that most of their tries start from an early shift near the halfway line, with us being blitzed on the edges. If we can limit their long range tries somehow with quick line speed, we’re in for a chance.

We got smashed in the yardage battle last week, allowing the roosters to start their sets in very good field position. If our forwards aim up today, especially when Addin Fonua-Blake comes off, I sense a miracle.

Heads telling me 46 zip to the storm, hearts telling me 16-12 to us
 
The latest evolution from the Storm is in their vertical wrestle, it’s basic in function but very well executed in collaboration with team mates, particularly within the middle block defenders.

The basic principle is to catch the ball carrier, keep him upright for longer, the second defender assists to wheel him around to face his own goal posts, third defender comes in low to help perform the take-down. All performed very slowly.

Net result is more time spent in the upright wrestle which can’t be pinged by the ref and a ball carrier that is slower off the ground to recover his position to play-the-ball.

They‘re masters at controlling the tempo of the opposition though the middle. We’ll need to find a way to brake down their edges we’re to have any success.
Why don’t we sprint up and dive as we get to the defensive line and touch the defenders leg completing the voluntary tackle (touch rugby style), then jump up and roll on.

Beat the Storm at their own attack style.
 
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I just hope the refs are not as blatant as last week, clearly the Storm will get somewhat of an advantage, home ground, fans, top 4 side etc.

Im not sure what else was said about last week on here but on other forums ppl from all clubs saying Warriors robbed and Brownie was a sft ....., which is the opposite of how he was with Newcastle where he was almost Sticky like with any 50/50 calls let alone blatant mistakes.

You know when Australias largest news paper the very NEXT day manages to get an article ready suggesting the Warriors were robbed by the refs and should have beaten their own team (Sydney City), let alone the refs being talked about on Fox etc because of the game, that it was possibly the worst refs game in history and or looked suspect. Seldom do Aus media talk about refs bad games and NEVER when its vs the Warriors, let alone when its Sydney City, and that has been reflected by he majority of Roosters fans comments Ive read on major forums.

Strangely I had missed those 2 tries on the day, I was more pissed about the contradiction in the stripped calls even with one going to bunker and also no 10min for Teddy at the start.

I think all eyes will be on this one for the refs after last week combined with the expectation of a top 4 team at home. Al we can hop for this round is a bit fairer, given its a top 4 team on Anzac day at home, going to be very challenging for the refs.

Regardless, pre match I firmly believed we could win last week if we improved the same key things SK had been focussing the "CLUB" on for a few years, but we have dropped since Brown, gaining purely offensive talent. We definitely did some of those last week at times, but the Storm you gotta do all of it for 80 mins, that is the challenge in how to get over the top of them (very hard)

Improve Line Speed, Defense (together), defensive vision, lower error (less difficult passes dropped under fatigue etc) and penalty count, PTB speed, fast service or run on the single/offside marker, Forwards running off of the halves with good lines while the opposition struggling to make the 10 due to fast ruck speed, Walsh following the offloading forwards around like a Tik (much like Papa does for Storm).

Its all pretty much down to chopping the opposition down for small gains but slowing their PTB/Ruck etc, meanwhile doing the opposite, having support players chasing after Addin Fonua-Blake and similar forwards. Steam Rolling their defense with speed, its all about speed, in everything they do.

Which is one reason I wasnt a fan of Egan, his speed off the mark and his service was just way too slow.

Im not as confident as I was about beating the struggling Roosters. BUT, if we can just improve some of those fundamentals, it will be interesting to see where our good performing spine places us offensively.

If I had 1 single thing I would ask for us to improve it would be Defensive Line Speed (ie run toward the play, not wait for it to run 10m to you).

We will have to win some of these top 4 games in the coming weeks to stay in touch with the 8, so may as well be the Storm, if Brown wants to retain his job he better have been working on Defense.
 
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Collingwood v Essendon Anzac game plays across at the G and the plan was always to attract spectators from there across to the Storm v Warriors afterwards. Not sure how many do head across but that was always the reason for the 7pm AEST kick off.
Sounds like an idea from the "Let's Schedule Last Year's Best Teams For Friday Night And Sunday Arvo, Cobber, 'Cos They're Always Great Games!" school of marketing.

Great theory. Maybe time you marketing folk look at the actual practice.

And, anyway, given that the next day is usually a schoolday, a fair number of parents would want to get the kids home by 8, surely. So whichever is the later game is going to suffer.

Most of the Melbourne Storm boys could do drunken nudie runs down Collins Street and the vast majority of Melbournites would be "Who da hell are dey!?"

Collingwood and Essendon on the other hand...
 
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I’m yet to see enough evidence to suggest that we are any better than any other team in the comp. Roosters played terribly last week and we lost to them. I fear the Storm win by plenty.
As long as the warriors aren't thinking of the end result and rather focusing on the start and then set by set.

Just get into the game early and know Melbourne will come at you anyway so be ready and strong in defense and work together. Way to many times it's been over by halftime, just have the mind set of of nailing your role, forgetting about refs. Just win physically and hurt them, make them earn the win.
 
Why don’t we sprint up and dive as we get to the defensive line and touch the defenders leg completing the voluntary tackle (touch rugby style), then jump up and roll on.

Beat the Storm at their own attack style.
Finding your front for a quick play-the-ball is the way to go but leaving the voluntary tackle rule open to a referee’s interpretation wouldn’t be advisable.

Storm are masters at the tackle but at the same time it won’t be easy for them to manipulate Addin Fonua-Blake and Lodge. We’ll test them through the middle but I’d be surprised if we get much joy there.
 
Offlloads, top ons and
The basic principle is to catch the ball carrier, keep him upright for longer, the second defender assists to wheel him around to face his own goal posts, third defender comes in low to help perform the take-down. All performed very slowly
We will have to attempt some offloads to negate this.

The forwards need to run in pairs and off Shaun Johnson alot. If we try the one out we will be wrestled to death
 
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