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Desperate Times For Desperate Teams


Desperate Times For Desperate Teams

Desperate Times For Desperate Teams


GATHER round … we need to talk.

With just nine rounds to go, there are plenty of desperate teams in the NRL and sadly the Warriors are among them.

And I’m about to make things even tougher. Where in all previous discussions, 28 competition points has been the figure mentioned for the finals cut off, I’m now thinking the aim has to be to get to 30 to be sure.

That being the case, we need to assess exactly where the Warriors are at.

After the bye this weekend, Stephen Kearney’s side will sit on 18 points. While that may have them in ninth position, it could still be four points out of the top eight.

So if 30 points is the revised target, that will mean the Warriors need to win six of their last eight games, and these are the matches we will bring you on SKY Sport.

For starters, there are four games still to come at Mount Smart and four on the road.

We will get back in to things in round 19 with a home clash against the Panthers. In round 20 it will be off to Townsville to tackle the Cowboys.

In round 21 it’s a huge clash at home against the defending premiers Cronulla. In round 22 it’s away to the bottom placed Knights. Round 23 will see the Warriors back at home against Canberra. Round 24 is back over to Sydney to play the Rabbitohs.

Round 25 again is massive against Manly at Mount Smart, and in the final round, the Warriors tackle the lowly Tigers at Leichhardt.

Based on that draw, if the Warriors can win the five matches against sides currently below them, and one other out of Cronulla, Manly and North Queensland, you can definitely book a seat to watch them in the finals.

Let’s hope they give it a red hot go. It’ll make for great viewing on SKY Sport if they do.

Kiwi watch:

There are four NRL games for you to watch this weekend on SKY Sport.

The abbreviated round 18 kicks off on Friday night with traditional rivals the Roosters and the Rabbitohs doing battle.

The Roosters have four players on Origin duty, but will be boosted by the return from injury of Kiwi international Sio Siua Taukeiaho.

There’s a Super Saturday double header this week with the struggling Panthers lining up against the red hot Manly Sea Eagles.

There was more bad news for the Panthers this week after X-rays confirmed Dean Whare had suffered a broken jaw.

The late game on Saturday night should be a beauty with Jesse Bromwich to lead Melbourne against Parramatta. His front row partner Nelson Asofa-Solomona has this week signed a new deal with the club.

And in the lone game on Sunday it’s back to Belmore as Canterbury face Newcastle.

Former Warrior Raymond Faitala-Mariner will get his chance in the Bulldogs starting line up with forwards Josh Jackson and David Klemmer in camp with the the New South Wales side.

State of Origin III:

Here’s some number crunching for next Wednesday night.

This will be the 111th instalment of State of Origin.

Queensland has won 10 of the last 11 series. On six occasions they did so by winning a decider. Overall, this is the 9th decider in the past 14 years.

The last time Suncorp Stadium was the venue for a game three with the series on the line was in 2015. The Maroons won the game 52-6.

Despite all that … I’m tipping New South Wales.


You can catch all the action live next Wednesday night right here on SKY Sport.

Vossy’s tips for Round 18:

Rabbitohs, Sea Eagles, Eels, Knights.

Twitter: @AndrewVossy

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