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Ticking the Boxes

What a relief.

This time last week, Warrior Nation was under attack. The noises were deafening, the opposition relentless and the suffering immense. We were weak, vulnerable, and some saw it as a perfect opportunity to come in for the kill.

Then came team-naming Tuesday, and the return of Simon Mannering gave us hope. As a veteran of many battles, and a man with great courage and commitment, he was someone we could believe in, someone who we knew would fight hard to restore honour to the Warrior name. Perhaps even more importantly, we saw a Brisbane squad depleted by Origin and injury. We saw weakness. Our belief grew stronger.

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Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire

It’s been a rough week here in Warrior Nation. A disappointing loss to start the season and the critics and doubters are already out. Sack the coach, attitude and culture issues, recruits coming here to retire — it’s a familiar narrative. And it certainly doesn’t get any easier as the men from Mt Smart head to the cauldron that is Suncorp, to take on a Brisbane side touted by many as premiership favourites. Continue reading Out of the Frying Pan and into the Fire

Sweet Revenge

Don’t you love it when a plan comes together?

It took until Round 15, but the men from Mt Smart finally produced an 80-minute performance. Yes, it feels as strange for me to write that as I’m sure it does for you to read it, but, remarkably, it actually happened.

The Warriors were patient, earned repeat set after repeat set, and then ran riot once the Titans ran out of gas. It was as if someone came up with a real plan and all 17 Warriors were listening. Amazing.

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