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Star recruit Sam Tomkins has joined the Herald. The England fullback will write a fortnightly column, starting today.
There's no doubt my introduction to the NRL has been tough.
I knew it was going to be like that coming into the season from both a personal and team point of view.
The NRL is a tough competition and you need to be at your best every week, and we haven't been able to do that over the last fortnight.
For some reason, we haven't played to the same structures we have practised during the week.
I'm not happy with my form yet. Nobody is playing their best in round one or two and, like the rest of the team, I have things to work on and I'm going to get better.
Pressure is not an issue. I have been asked about that a million times since I signed with the Warriors but I'm concentrating on doing my job for this group, nothing else.
No amount of external pressure is going to bother me.
We are a very tight group and are going to get better. It's a long season. We haven't started as well as we should have but it's a challenge and I'm someone who enjoys a challenge.
It was one of the reasons I signed with the Warriors.
Loving what he is saying about the Warriors and how they are
Everybody wants to be in a team that is evolving and growing.
If you go into a side that's already at the very top, you are jumping into a team that is already very successful. Hopefully I can help make a difference.
By the start of last year, I had decided I wanted to leave Wigan and play in the NRL.
The first thing I needed to do was try to negotiate a way of getting out of my contract with Wigan. That was the tough bit. It was a club I enjoyed playing at but I wanted a change.
Once that was resolved, my agent went out to speak to a few clubs and discovered a few were interested. From there, it was a case of choosing where I thought I was best suited and the Warriors came out on top of that.
There are a lot of similarities between Wigan and the Warriors. They are both family-oriented clubs with masses of talent. The Warriors have bags of potential that hasn't been turned into success.
That was the feeling I had when I first came into the Wigan team.
Some things needed changing and we went from being a semifinal team to the top.
I'm really enjoying living in Auckland and it's been better than I expected, apart from the first couple of results. It's a brilliant place. When I told people I was going to New Zealand, many asked why I wasn't going to Australia. It was usually Aussies with their typical Australia-is-the-best-place-in-the-world attitude.
I have been in situations like this before when we have lost the first two games of the season. It's not ideal but these aren't games that are going to cost us silverware. We are going to get better.
Although it's good to hear what the other commentators say about our team even with how generic it could be "Big Warriors getting tired" etc. I'm all for this move he provides a lot of enthusiasm and does criticise the Warriors when the play crap. He's to good a caller to be only calling one TV game every two weeks.Awesome news:
"Voss joins Fox
FOOTY commentator Andrew Voss is joining the Fox Sports commentary team to call the Warriors’ away games this season.
The deal was done following a request from Sky TV in New Zealand to get continuity in their broadcasts.
Voss has been calling their home games in Auckland since his controversial departure from Channel Nine two years ago. Fox Sports has not announced the signing because of their concern at the reaction from Nine."
He sounded pissed off that he was injured after playing the end of last season and sounds hungry to get on the field; good signs so hopefully he plays with some aggression when he gets back and monsters some people.
If Sam comes on we may not need to recruit size for our forward pack we could just promote internally.
The new gym equipment gets more impressive each time they show it. I know someone who was offered their old gear to fit out a gym; the only thing work anything was the dumbbells as the rest of the stuff is ancient.
I actually quite enjoyed Monty Betham's commentary the other week.Besides not hearing what the other commentators think about us another bad thing with Voss commentating on all of our games is the colour commentator that goes with him. I'm not sure if I could handle Halligan every week. It would be cool if they had a rotation of colour commentators for our away games as well.
40/20 tonight ( great show now days with Awen lead commentary backed up by a relaxed Monty and Richie ) watching Sam Lousi in the Gym he looks bigger and stronger than the last pic posted on here of him....he looked snall to me in the last tweet.... ( dayum that boy is gaining mass while injured ).
Locke was saying he and Sam had a spar lol Sam gave Locke what for.......If Sam is getting bigger , and Sione continues to come on this year , we could have our own brown Burgi.
I know there has been a lot of false Lousi dawns around here , but Sam is looking like a genuine physical monster , that's a start , put him in the ring with Manu.
Besides his defensive work rate and remember he would have been paired with Luck at the time if he wasn't injured for the majority of the time, the main reason I was so keen on his recruitment was the plays he would do from dummy half. Whenever we would play the Titans he would cause us all sorts of trouble around the ruck with bringing guys inside etc. We haven't seen much of that, nor have we seen much dynamic running from dummy half over the years. Bluey stuck up for him in one Radio Sport interview that he doesn't need to run he guides us around the field; the next couple of weeks he's running a lot more.When he was at his peak '( that was in his youth in a Titans Jumper btw ) he was a running threat and much admired for his ticker in D , I remember fearing friend when we played the Titans.