Gameday Warriors vs Dragons Gameday Chatter [Round 9, 2016]

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Schick Hydro Preview: Warriors v St George Illawarra Dragons
Mt Smart Stadium
Sunday, 2.00pm (NZT)

St George Illawarra are a constant reminder to the Warriors that history does in fact repeat, and the Dragons head to Auckland this week boasting a commanding head-to-head record against the Kiwi side.

In 23 clashes against the Warriors the Dragons have lost only four times, and are currently on an 11-game winning streak.

While Anzac Day brought out the best in the Dragons, edging past the Roosters 20-18 to secure their fourth win of the season, the Warriors on the other hand were at their absolute worst, copping a humiliating 42-0 defeat to the Storm.

They arrived back in Auckland this week with their tails between legs and a growing injury toll, which after Monday's encounter includes Simon Mannering [mouth cut] and Tuimoala Lolohea [knee].

Coach Andrew McFadden has three changes to his squad – two of which were forced through those injuries – while Ligi Sao has been dropped to reserve grade.

Shaun Lane is named to make his club debut off the bench, with Albert Vete and Jazz Tevaga joining him.

Charlie Gubb gets a start at lock, while Jonathan Wright is on the wing and David Fusitua at fullback. Prop James Gavet is 18th man.

Dragons coach Paul McGregor hasn't strayed far from his winning formula, with the only change to his side being the return of Euan Aitken to the centres in the place of rookie Taane Milne, who reverts to 18th man.



Rnd 9: Sun 1 May 2016, 12:00pm, Mt Smart Stadium
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Watch out Warriors: The missed tackle count from last week probably doesn't do justice to just how bad the Warriors' defensive effort was. The Kiwi side missed only 26, but had a number of other occasions where they failed to even lay a hand on opposing attackers. Individual errors cost them dearly, with four players missing three or more tackles.

Confidence is a powerful thing in the NRL, and once a team gets a taste it can quickly become contagious. The Dragons looked the most comfortable they have all year during their victory over the Roosters, adding some flair to their attack. They are sure to have taken plenty from that and will take the field in New Zealand with a spring in their step.

Watch out Dragons: While their 20-point haul against the Roosters on Anzac Day was their highest of the season so far, the Dragons still didn't create enough opportunities in attack, given how much ball and positive field position they had. With 52 per cent of possession and an 80 per cent completion rate, St George Illawarra managed just a sole line break and three tries, scoring only two points in the entire second half.

Beware of the bounce-back factor. It's pretty rare that NRL teams produce two terrible performances in a row, and if nothing else the embarrassment from last week should spur the Warriors on to a better performance. The Dragons should expect their opponents this week to be fired up.

Key match-up: Manu Vatuvei v Jason Nightingale. When they meet on Sunday these two won't just be competing for an NRL win, but also potentially a spot in the Kiwis for the upcoming Test. In five games Vatuvei averages 119.8 metres and has made just one handling error all year. Despite playing on the end of the competition's worst attack, Nightingale has been a standout in scoring three tries and running for over 100 metres in all eight games to date.

The history: Played 23; Warriors 4, Dragons 19. It's an awful head-to-head record for the Warriors against the Dragons, having not beaten them since back in 2007. The usually intimidating environment of Mt Smart Stadium won't hold too much fear for the Dragons either – in 11 trips there they have failed to get the points on only three occasions.

What are the odds: There’s twice as much invested on the Dragons in comparison to the Warriors, and St George Illawarra have been strongly backed to win the game 13+ as well as cover the line in handicap betting according to Sportsbet. Latest odds at Sportsbet.com.au

Match Officials: Referee: Gavin Badger. Assistant Referee: Chris Butler. Touch Judges: Rick MacFarlane and Anthony Elliot. Review Officials: Ben Galea, Jason Robinson. Senior RO: Bernard Sutton.

Televised: Fox Sports – Live coverage from 11.30am (AEST).

How we see it: In a way these two sides cancel out each other's major weaknesses – the Dragons lack attack while the Warriors have big issues in defence – which means this should be a close affair on Sunday. Already this year the Warriors have a history of backing up a poor performance with a gritty one the following week, and they should have enough points in them to edge the Dragons. Warriors by four.
 
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DavidMcKay1974

1st Grade Fringe
Aug 28, 2013
1,476
Can't wait to see the naughty boys play NSW cup. See how they respond to being axed from not only the Warriors but from the Test side.

It's time for the rest of the boys to stand up, and make amends for Monday.

It's been one hell of a week, but a better performance from the no one gives a crap look against Melbourne should do it for me.

Let the lesser players stand up and show the 6 dropped that this should be how it's done.

It's here. Match day.
 
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STEEDEN

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Nov 7, 2014
585
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I like these earlier games, it sucks having wait around all day for the game to come on.

Im excited for todays game too, it feels good knowing we have cut some dead wood, hopefully we play that well today that there is no room for the senior naughty boys to come back.

Maybe just a bit early for any sponsors product yet, but they are nice and cold and ready to go.

Go the Warriors!
 
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Wellington Warrior

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May 15, 2012
5,164
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I like these earlier games, it sucks having wait around all day for the game to come on.

Im excited for todays game too, it feels good knowing we have cut some dead wood, hopefully we play that well today that there is no room for the senior naughty boys to come back.

Maybe just a bit early for any sponsors product yet, but they are nice and cold and ready to go.

Go the Warriors!
I like them purely because it is the reverse of what we have to do when travelling to Aussie. They are kicking off at lunchtime Aussie time. The juniors are kicking off at 7:30am!! Aussie time!!!
 
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nzw

1st Grade Fringe
Mar 7, 2016
234
chch
I have 2000 of my bucks from here that we lose by more then 13 I hope I am wrong but 6 bucks is good:)had to take it
 

Pete

1st Grade Fringe
Oct 3, 2012
876
One vote for 13 plus the Warriors. He must be in the know. There better be a fired up forward pack for the first 20. Fireworks, smash tackles and charging runs. I think we might be in with a chance. maybe thats crazy optimism. Gavet doesn't even make this side. Coach must hate him
 
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Jay M

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One vote for 13 plus the Warriors. He must be in the know. There better be a fired up forward pack for the first 20. Fireworks, smash tackles and charging runs. I think we might be in with a chance. maybe thats crazy optimism. Gavet doesn't even make this side. Coach must hate him
I could see the warriors by 13+.

Ignoring the fact we have a few players out. Ignoring the fact the dragons are our bogey team. The dragons haven't been travelling well. They've been rubbish in the second half a lot. Warriors could run them down if the boys are motivated to perform.

Three options today: 1) really scrappy game with tonnes of mistakes both sides that the dragons just win, 2) dragons roll over a warriors team that have given up before kick off, 3) warriors ream them.
 
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Lousi-InBed

Warriors Bench Player
Jul 26, 2015
127
Can see it now, packer approaching mutts " you not playing first grade today? That's some bullshit, why don't you come to the dragons, we can get the old gang started up again, it will be sweet as "

Really interested to see the NSW cup game, really expecting Manu, Mutts and Bodene to play hard and show us how bad they want to be in first grade, hoping Vete and Lisone follow suit, Konrad will do sweet fuck all.
 

Lousi-InBed

Warriors Bench Player
Jul 26, 2015
127
Bluey thinks they shouldn't have dropped the players... LOL he really is too buddy/buddy, imagine how soft it would have been when he was the coach.
Too busy " driving the bus " to hand out any discipline.
 
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Sledge

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Apr 10, 2016
1,951
I know I will probably earn the ire from this discussion board, but is the Warriors u20 squad all from Auckland? They seem to be all island boys? We're are the the South Island rugby league guys or are they only scouted from Auckland??
 

koolkat

1st Grade Fringe
May 18, 2012
2,776
Nelson
Judgement day mark XXI..stink or swim boys your choice dragons by 10.then max exodus of a coaches.then welcome down Morgan and jones
 

DavidMcKay1974

1st Grade Fringe
Aug 28, 2013
1,476
A lot more in it apparantly than what's being said. So something must be up big time.

I agree McIvor seems very angry that he's not been given any information. Heated discussion with Doyle apparantly.
 

Bluecat again

Hopelessly hopeful
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Sep 30, 2012
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Bluey thinks they shouldn't have dropped the players... LOL he really is too buddy/buddy, imagine how soft it would have been when he was the coach.
Bluey is a moron. That's why he's doing "expert" comments instead of coaching
 

jonno

Warriors 1st Grader
Jul 13, 2014
9,804
I know I will probably earn the ire from this discussion board, but is the Warriors u20 squad all from Auckland? They seem to be all island boys? We're are the the South Island rugby league guys or are they only scouted from Auckland??
I think the Warriors just take the kids who walk up to the ground on the day.
 
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