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Hard-earned

Boy, did we need those two points.

As Mitchell Pearce slotted the field goal that put the Roosters ahead with 5 minutes to go, it felt like deja vu all over again. A courageous effort, against quality opposition, but ultimately Warrior Nation was about to finish second once more. We were a club that had made huge progress in recent weeks, but one that still hadn’t figured out how to win the close ones. With just three wins from the first nine rounds, the playoffs looked a long way away. Spirit levels were as damp as our clothes as we struggled to comprehend how a roster this talented could be so far off the playoff pace by the representative round. Frustration boiled over into gasps and groans as another unstructured play broke down.

And then, to the surprise of almost everyone at the ground, including the Sky Sports commentary team, Ashley Klein, the marvellous man that he is, pressed his whistle to his lips. It didn’t matter that no one really knew what had happened, all that mattered was that Ashley, wonderful Ashley, was pointing to the posts.

Ashley Klein Hearts

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2017 Storylines: Part 4

The article below continues the NRL Warrior 2017 Storylines series, where we ponder the potential storylines of the upcoming season. If you missed them, click here for Part 1Part 2 and Part 3

16 May 2017

Warriors unchanged yet again

For the fifth consecutive week, the Warriors have named the same 17 for Friday night’s ‘home’ game against the Dragons. Fresh off back-to-back wins against the Roosters and the Panthers, the latter victory secured by a thrilling last-minute David Fusitu’a try, the Warriors are expecting a sell-out crowd at Waikato Stadium. ‘Every season we’ve made a commitment to take at least one of our home games away from Mt Smart Stadium, and this year it couldn’t have come at a better time. We know there’s huge support for the club from all around New Zealand and we’re really excited to spend the week in Hamilton and getting involved around the community. Hopefully we’ll put on a great show on Friday night,’ said Warriors’ CEO Jim Doyle.

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Drinking the Kool-Aid

Part of me feels like I should be more annoyed. Furious even. Saturday evening’s loss to Penrith leaves the Warriors with only four wins from the first ten games, in a year when we were supposed to be challenging for the title. Instead, with almost half the season in the rear-view mirror, we sit 13th on the ladder, the off-field drama won’t go away and the pressure on both the coaching staff and the playing group gets more intense by the week. One star recruit is injured and done for the season, the other lost his Kiwis jumper and had his starting spot taken by a 20-year-old debutant.

We can all agree that the situation is less than ideal. Continue reading Drinking the Kool-Aid