16 May 2017
Warriors unchanged yet again
For the fifth consecutive week, the Warriors have named the same 17 for Friday night’s ‘home’ game against the Dragons. Fresh off back-to-back wins against the Roosters and the Panthers, the latter victory secured by a thrilling last-minute David Fusitu’a try, the Warriors are expecting a sell-out crowd at Waikato Stadium. ‘Every season we’ve made a commitment to take at least one of our home games away from Mt Smart Stadium, and this year it couldn’t have come at a better time. We know there’s huge support for the club from all around New Zealand and we’re really excited to spend the week in Hamilton and getting involved around the community. Hopefully we’ll put on a great show on Friday night,’ said Warriors’ CEO Jim Doyle.
Not only would this headline suggest the Warriors have a full bill of health a couple of months into the season, it would also indicate a consistency of selection that has been severely lacking in recent years. The centres, the outside backs and the interchange bench have been the worst offenders, but with Tui Lolohea’s shift to the wing, there’s a chance the backline, at least, could have a much more settled look in 2017.
Is there a clear top 17 in your mind?