The silly season is firmly upon us. Day after day we wake up to rumours of player movement that range somewhere between the truth and fake news. It’s terrible. It’s only Round 8! But, despite the NRL transfer process currently being an unwanted distraction from the regular season, unfortunately we seem to be stuck with it, at least in the short term. So, instead of complaining about what a farce it is that Kieran Foran has played just three games for the club and already has to make a decision about whether he wants to stay for another year, below is a list of all the current Warriors off-contract at the end of 2017 and my arguments for whether the club should hold them or fold them. Continue reading Silly Season
Another week, another loss. Familiar shadows of sorrow are falling on Warrior Nation. A season that started slowly, gathered momentum and eventually promised so much, is now hanging by the murmur of a prayer.
The trip to North Queensland was always going to be tough, but the men from Mt Smart made things extra hard for themselves. In the first half especially, dropped ball after dropped ball piled on the pressure and the Cowboys took full advantage. For the second consecutive week, the match was all but over by halftime. You simply cannot win NRL games with only 40 per cent of possession, particularly away from home against the defending champions.
A quick look at the history books will tell you that the Warriors find themselves in a serious playoff drought. For five long years the men from Mt Smart have been wandering across the NRL landscape, waiting for it to rain, but every time it seems as though they’ve found a fertile spot where a title could grow, it turns out to be nothing more than a mirage.
Wow. Didn’t see that coming. A Warriors side that had been playing well, had been defensively sound, who were in a tight tussle for the playoffs, at home, against a side that had lost 9 matches in a row — this was two points in the bag. A stress-free night where the 17,000-plus in attendance could start the party early. The kind of fixture where the men from Mt Smart could send a message, could show the rest of the NRL that they were a side capable of winning this competition. The kind of fixture where it felt like even a slightly sub-par performance might still be enough to win.
It’s not possible to have been more wrong.
In front of the biggest Mt Smart crowd since 2014, the Warriors continued the frustrating trend of falling flat every time the fans start to believe again. For the umpteenth year in a row, the men from Mt Smart now find themselves in danger of missing out on the playoffs after mixing an impressive run through the Origin period with a slow start and a sloppy finish. Continue reading Searching For a Silver Lining