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Cool Runnings

Who saw that coming?

Honestly? C’mon now, tell the truth.

Yes, I hear you, it’s Origin time. The Broncos were understrength, tired. The Warriors always make a run at this time every year. I know, I know, these are all valid points.

But seriously, after all that has happened in the past month, did you really see the men from Mt Smart putting on a show like that? It wasn’t just scraping out a win against a lacklustre Brisbane side — that was a performance to be proud of, one that got us excited, which had us out of our seats for almost longer than we were in them. It was the kind of performance that makes you forget all the dark times, all the negativity — unbridled joy, and pure love, were the only emotions needed on Saturday night. I even shared one of those special moments when you look at the person a few seats down from you and your eyes meet for just a little too long to call it a passing glance, but it’s not awkward, anything but, so you hold the gaze for a few seconds longer than you might in another social situation, because you’re both smiling, both grinning actually, and part of you wants to hug each other but you’re a little too far away so instead you just look even longer, because the moment warrants that human connection, a shared ecstasy, and you complete your perfect conversation where no words are necessary but everything is understood.

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This is the Moment

Remember this date: 16 April 2016. It’s a date we look forward to as I write these words, but one day — maybe later this year, next year or whenever Ryan Hoffman is lifting the Provan-Summons Trophy surrounded by Simon Mannering, Shaun Johnson and Co. — we’ll look back at this date with hindsight and remember that 16 April 2016 was the day when everything changed, when the Warriors released the shackles, went all-in on their season, all-in on their future and backed themselves to come up with the best hand.

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Aw, C’mon Ref!

Henry Perenara blows his whistle and a cacophony of boos ring around Mt Smart Stadium, around Penrose and throughout the great country of Aotearoa. C’mon Henry, what’s going on? Have you forgotten who the home team is? Or, more importantly, have you forgotten the rules? Continue reading Aw, C’mon Ref!