Crime and Punishment

Hi Officer, sorry to bother you again. I promise I won’t take up too much of your time. I really hoped we wouldn’t need to speak again so soon, but unfortunately Warrior Nation has been the victim of yet another injustice. Only this time it was an inside job.

The crime took place at the foot of the Blue Mountains. I realise that’s probably outside your jurisdiction, but I didn’t know who else to call. Remember how I told you about that above average NRL team? The one that hadn’t often hit the dizzy heights against the best teams in the competition but that’s been taking care of business against everyone else? Well this week that wasn’t the case. In fact, that very same team stole 80 minutes of our lives. Worse still, they spent the last 60 of those minutes kicking us in the guts, raising our blood pressure and forcing us to witness some of the most horrific imagery we’ve ever seen. Check this out:

See what I mean?

I know there’s probably not a lot you can do, but we here at Warrior Nation are in pain. We’re not expecting financial reparations or jail time, although there are whispers suggesting one of the main culprits, a Mr P.Hiku, is about to be banished to reserve grade. That’s all well and good, but what we really need more than anything is an immediate response. No apologies, no excuses, no remorse. We need a performance to make us feel proud again, a performance to put a smile on our faces. We need a W.

The events of Friday night won’t be quickly forgotten, but there’s still time to make it right. There’s still time for order to be restored. I appreciate your help, Officer. I trust you’ll do your best to ensure that justice is served.


1) That was awful. So awful that finding six things to talk about has proved too much of a struggle. It might seem a little odd to be so outraged/frustrated/disappointed/confused about a thrashing, given there’s already been a few of those this season, but this one felt so much worse. Penrith were missing a number of key players, but the Warriors simply weren’t at the races. The determination and energy that have been so important to everything good about 2018 were at season lows, in a game that could have propelled them back into the Top 4. It was such an awful performance that it’s shifted expectations from excitement to terror in one night.

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