Sunday is War Day, a day when we attack, we defend, and every slice of territory is hard fought. It’s yet another crucial battle in the quest for playoff glory. The rewards are enticing — these two points could well be the most important loot of the season for either squad — and it will take every ounce of skill available to either army if they are to come away victorious.
The Warriors got the win at home in Round 17, but this Titans army looks very different from that which ran out onto Mt Smart back at the beginning of July. They’ve called in the cavalry, are expecting a bumper home crowd and will feel very confident they can get revenge.
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Another week, another golden point loss.
With the Cronulla defeat still fresh in the memory, this weekend hurts just that little bit more. Not just because the Warriors came so agonisingly close to the two points for the second time in three games, not just because it was against a Manly squad sitting below them on the ladder, but because it is a match the men from Mt Smart will look back at and wonder how they didn’t win, wonder why haven’t finally broken the Perth hoodoo.
After a rocky start, when for a brief moment it felt like the torrential rain was about to drown everything that has been good about the past few months, the Kiwi side worked their way back into the match and hammered away at the Manly door waiting for it to break down. It nearly did. On multiple occasions. But somehow the Warriors left WA with nothing to show for their efforts. Continue reading Golden Raindrops
Every year we ride the Warriors’ rollercoaster and almost expect the ups and downs, so much so that they generally come as no great surprise. But this season the lows have been so low, and compounded by off-field distractions, that they’ve felt a lot more upsetting, a lot more urgent. And then right when we thought it was all over, another season down the toilet, smashed to smithereens and with the shrapnel from the bomb blast looking likely to create more casualties than just Konrad Hurrell, the men from Mt Smart went and produced their best performance of the year and finally looked like the team we all hoped they might be.
Typical. Just typical.
So now we revert back to what must quickly be becoming a dreaded word around Warriors’ HQ: Consistency. Can the men from Mt Smart find it? Can they actually play well two weeks in a row? Three? For the rest of the season? Continue reading Must win
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