Another week, another golden point loss.
With the Cronulla defeat still fresh in the memory, this weekend hurts just that little bit more. Not just because the Warriors came so agonisingly close to the two points for the second time in three games, not just because it was against a Manly squad sitting below them on the ladder, but because it is a match the men from Mt Smart will look back at and wonder how they didn’t win, wonder why haven’t finally broken the Perth hoodoo.
After a rocky start, when for a brief moment it felt like the torrential rain was about to drown everything that has been good about the past few months, the Kiwi side worked their way back into the match and hammered away at the Manly door waiting for it to break down. It nearly did. On multiple occasions. But somehow the Warriors left WA with nothing to show for their efforts. Continue reading Golden Raindrops
Back-to-back victories against 2016’s two weakest teams have propelled the Warriors from the foot of the ladder back into the playoff conversation, but it’s still not clear quite where they belong. While there were many who hypothesized during the offseason that the men from Mt Smart might be on the verge of greatness, evidence from the first five games has so far proved inconclusive. At times they’ve mixed together well, generating lots of energy and some spectacular tries.
But at other times they’ve either been too slow to react or displayed too many of the corrosive elements of their game. There’s simply been too much variance thus far to determine a pattern of predicted outcomes.
Continue reading The Litmus Test
We’ve said all season that the NRL is a rollercoaster ride, especially as a Warriors fan, and Saturday evening looks no different. The men from Mt Smart, flying high after six wins from eight games, experienced a sudden loss of altitude last week at the hands of the Roosters. This week we should learn a great deal about whether the fall was merely a bout of turbulence during their flight to the finals or the Giant Drop that sends the season plummeting towards mediocrity. Continue reading Twists and Turns
No matter what happens during the match, Saturday will be a special day — you can at least count on that. The Warriors get their first chance to host an Anzac Day fixture, on the most momentous occasion to date, and in what will be the opening match of a five-game marathon of rugby league. There’ll be an official Anzac Day ceremony, including The Last Post and a moment of silence — Lest We Forget — in recognition of the 100-year anniversary of the Gallipoli campaign.
Continue reading Remember the Titans