Seven rounds into 2016 and the Warriormobile has made its usual spluttering start along the NRL’s Competition Road. A win against the Bulldogs breathed some life into the old girl but, as Shaun Johnson reminds us, it counts for very little unless the men from Mt Smart can keep their foot on the gas. As the first third of the season makes its way into the rear-view mirror, it does feel as though there’s a need for the Warriors to find some consistency soon or run the risk of not making their Finals destination before Mad Monday arrives. But, then, needing is one thing and getting is another.
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For the second consecutive morning, it is 4:30am and I am wide awake. Maybe it’s because I find myself lying on damp sheets in a shallow pool of cold sweat, or maybe it’s the million and one thoughts that slosh around my mind like they’re in a spin cycle — they come and go so quickly that I can only catch a glimpse of what they are about, only a fraction of what they might be trying to tell me.
All week I’ve been excited. How could I not be? I will say this just once, for those of you who’ve been living under a rock or on total media lockdown, the NRL season is here! The Warriors have signed Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Issac Luke, Shaun Johnson’s ankle has healed. There’s more than just hope circling Warrior Nation, there’s genuine expectation not just that this could be the year, but that this should be the year the men from Mt Smart hold the Provan-Summons Trophy aloft. But each night I keep waking with a startle, immediately alert. Continue reading Round 1 Jitters
It’s cold outside, but don’t worry — the NRL is just about to heat up.
With only two points separating positions 4–10 on the ladder, and only nine weeks remaining, every upcoming match takes on more and more significance. For the Warriors, seven of those nine games come against sides in that top 8 fight, which means for every two points they gain, it’ll be two points dropped for a competitor. If the men from Mt Smart can stay in the hunt, there’s likely to be a semi-final feel each time they step on the paddock as we edge closer to the championship rounds. Continue reading Storm on the Way
Okay Warriors, time to show us what you’re made of. Forty-minute performances won’t cut it anymore. You’re better than that. We all know it. We’ve known it for a long time. We can see it in the 96% completion rate in the first half against the Eels. We can see it in this brilliant attacking move against the Broncos. Continue reading Time To Deliver