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Warriors Farewell Big Names


Warriors Farewell Big Names

Warriors Farewell Big Names



Warriors v Sea Eagles

When: Sunday, August 27, 2017.

Where: Mount Smart Stadium.

Watch it: LIVE. SKY Sport 2 from 3.30pm.

It’ll be a big afternoon of farewells on Sunday in the Warriors last home game of the year on SKY Sport.

The Warriors will look to arrest a seven game losing streak when they take on Manly.

For former Warriors player of the year Ben Matulino, former skipper Ryan Hoffman, Kieran Foran and Charlie Gubb, it’ll be their final match at Mount Smart Stadium. 
Adding to the occasion will be the return of halfback Shaun Johnson, sidelined with a knee injury since Round 19. That all has to be motivation enough for a big performance, however …

While the previous meeting between the two sides was in Perth in Round 17, sadly for the Warriors, their record indicates it wouldn’t matter where they played Manly, they always find it tough.

The Sea Eagles most recent victory 26-22 was their 12th from the last 13 meetings, and 22nd of 30 overall. That’s close to emphatic. Only the Warriors poor winning strike rate against the Dragons is worse. 

The Warriors have to put an end to these poor season finishes. Since they last made the Grand Fnal in 2011, twice they have failed to win a match over the last eight rounds. Don’t let 2017 become a third. The talent in the squad demands that is avoided.

Manly has to be considered vulnerable after consecutive losses to the lowly Tigers and Bulldogs. In both games they conceded 30 points. If the Warriors can make a good start here, it will really place the visitors under pressure.

The home fans deserve a big performance, as do our viewers on SKY Sport. Don’t miss it!

The hot tip:

May the rugby league gods be kind and serve up a try for at least one of the players making their last appearance at home. How about the opening try to the long serving Ben Matulino?

Kiwi watch:

It’s a terrific round of NRL on SKY Sport kicking off on Thursday night with the Broncos at home to Parramatta. Kiwi international Kodi Nikorima has again been picked as starting halfback for Brisbane.

There remains just a glimmer of hope for the finals for Canberra. They play in the first game of our Friday night double header against Newcastle. For the Knights, Kiwis’ hopeful Danny Levi has been named at hooker.

In the late game on Friday night, there is the great clash of a couple of young Kiwi five eights with the Tigers Tuimoala Lolohea against the Cowboys Te Maire Martin.

Our Super Saturday on SKY will kick off with the embattled Titans at home to the Bulldogs. In the second game, the Melbourne Storm will host another minior premiership success in their home game against Souths. The Rabbitohs have switched Bryson Goodwin to fullback to cover for the injured Alex Johnston.

Meanwhile the final game on Saturday is arguably the match of the round with top four hopefuls the Sharks and Roosters going head to head.

And following the Warriors match on Sunday, you can finish the weekend with the Panthers chasing an eighth win in a row when they tackle the Dragons.

From the vault:

Round 25, 2006 was a big game in the career of former Warrior Jerome Ropati. Playing at five-eight, Ropati crossed for four tries, as the Ivan Cleary coached Warriors hammered the Roosters 42 -16.

My tips for Round 25:

Broncos, Raiders, Tigers, Titans, Storm, Sharks, Sea Eagles, Panthers.

Twitter: @AndrewVossy

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