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Peace and Quiet

In many ways, to be a true supporter of the Warriors you have to always believe that the glass is half full. Every season is a rollercoaster of ups and downs, and in the past few years there’s been a fair few carriages drive completely off the tracks. After so many rough rides, it’s no surprise that some fans decide to get off for good (until the next new attraction comes along at least!).

But year after year of disappointment also makes you naturally sceptical. It makes it hard to ward off the negative thoughts, those voices inside your head that whisper Today’s the day that it all falls apart, before every kick off, no matter what the circumstances. Continue reading Peace and Quiet

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The Litmus Test

Back-to-back victories against 2016’s two weakest teams have propelled the Warriors from the foot of the ladder back into the playoff conversation, but it’s still not clear quite where they belong. While there were many who hypothesized during the offseason that the men from Mt Smart might be on the verge of greatness, evidence from the first five games has so far proved inconclusive. At times they’ve mixed together well, generating lots of energy and some spectacular tries.

But at other times they’ve either been too slow to react or displayed too many of the corrosive elements of their game. There’s simply been too much variance thus far to determine a pattern of predicted outcomes.

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It’s a matter of pride

Forget faith, it’s time for the Warriors to restore some pride.

It’s unlikely the men from Mt Smart will receive the wooden spoon, but it’s hard to argue they aren’t the worst team in the NRL right now. Injuries, suspension and poor performances have left the season in tatters — there’s nothing left to play for but pride. The players, the coaching staff and the fans all need a win, need something to restore a shred of positivity to the club. Yes it’s nice to watch Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and think about what might happen next year, but the last thing anyone needs is an eight-match losing streak hanging over their head in Round 1, 2016. Continue reading It’s a matter of pride

Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like The Beast

You’d never hear Manu Vatuvei talk like this:

But its becoming harder and harder for the Manu critics to argue against his greatness. Is he the greatest Warrior of all-time? I’ve reached the point where I’m willing to argue that he is. Stats alone make a very strong case, 138 tries from 199 games, but for me they don’t come close to telling the whole story. The impact Big Manu has both on and off the field is hard to quantify with words. The first to put his hand up to bring the ball out of his end in the toughest of situations, the way the young players look up to him and the work he does in the local community — these are the things that make him truly great. Continue reading Float Like a Butterfly, Sting Like The Beast