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Ultimate Warrior

You’ve come here for a preview of Saturday’s game, and I won’t keep you long. Let me sum things up for you in two words:

Warriors win.

Yeah, yeah, bold statements about two points in the bag and the Happiest Place on Earth didn’t go so well earlier this season, but this week is different. The Warriors team of this past month is different. Continue reading Ultimate Warrior

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Tasty Loss

It’s not often I feel good about a loss. In general, losing leaves a sour taste in the mouth that doesn’t go down well, but this week I find myself feeling more than satisfied, almost euphoric, licking my lips even, as if the team bus stopped at Wendy’s on the way back to Mt Smart. I’m telling you right now, get ready for finals football, Warrior Nation, this team is the real deal.

Going into this game I was nervous. I don’t like the water at the best of times, but the thought of Deep Sea Diving with Sharks on a 10-game winning streak sent a shiver up my spine. For the entire month of June there’s been a smile on my face — winners are grinners after all — but all the while that voice at the back of my head has been whispering. ‘Just wait ‘til you play someone good. Wait until you play a team who can attack, then let’s see what happens.’

We’d caught Brisbane at a good time, beat an awful Knights side, then scraped home against a Roosters team who seem to have forgotten that they are the same club who have been Minor Premiers for the past three seasons. There were encouraging signs among those three victories, but Cronulla was to be the true test to see how these men from Mt Smart stacked up against the big boys of the NRL. If you’ve been on this Warriors rollercoaster as long as I have, you will appreciate the need to sometimes fear the worst, you will understand that worrying about your hopes and dreams being savagely torn to shreds by a frenzy of Sharks is an entirely legitimate concern. Continue reading Tasty Loss

Banana Skin

One team scored 50 last week. The other scored 0.

The Warriors are finally starting to look like the attacking force we all thought they could be, whereas the Roosters, last year’s Minor Premiers, find themselves in unfamiliar territory, languishing near the bottom of the ladder. They’ve had injuries to key players, unwanted canine-related incidents and now this week head to Mt Smart without their Origin representatives.

Done deal, right? Warriors bank the two points and move on.

On paper it seems that simple, but the big question remains: Can we fully trust this Warriors team? Continue reading Banana Skin

Low Blow

On a night when Joseph Parker became the number one contender for the IBF crown, it was the Canberra Raiders who landed a massive body blow to the Warriors’ finals hopes. As Mt Taranaki watched on, the men from Mt Smart sunk to new lows in what is fast becoming a nightmare season.

There’s been some bad nights, some difficult 80-minutes so far this year, but I think the reason Saturday felt like such a cheap shot is because we were supposed to have hit rock bottom already — why on earth did we have to go back there again? Continue reading Low Blow