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Warriors Go West!


Warriors Go West!

Warriors Go West!



Warriors v Sea Eagles

When: Saturday, July 1, 2017.

Where: NIB Stadium, Perth.

Watch it: LIVE. SKY Sport 2 from 7.00pm.

To use racing parlance, the Warriors have won their last two starts but that has been in midweek company. This week they step up to a "Group One" and they’re ‘running’ on a track where they have never tasted victory.

This is a massive game for Stephen Kearney’s side with Manly looking the real deal in 2017. On the back of winning six of their last seven, the Sea Eagles have moved into the top four. As if their red hot form isn’t enough to contend with, then you have to outline the Warriors poor record in Western Australia.

Try none from eight on for size. However it should be mentioned they did come close last year in the corresponding match losing in golden point 15-14.

Sadly for the Warriors, their record indicates it wouldn’t matter where they played Manly, they always find it tough. The Sea Eagles have won 11 of the last 12 and 21 of 29 overall. That’s close to emphatic. Only the Warriors poor winning strike rate against the Dragons is worse. 

There is big pressure this week on young Nathaniel Roache (pictured) who has to step into the shoes of the injured Isaac Luke. The Warriors will be boosted by the return of Kieran Foran, and he and Shaun Johnson just have to be at their best as they face the form pairing of Blake Green and Daly Cherry-Evans.

And what about some of the other positional duels?  Tuivasa-Sheck v Trbojevic. Maumalo v Uate. Matulino v Taupau.

This is going to make for great Saturday night viewing on SKY Sport.

The hot tip:

We were spot on the money with our tip last week for Ken Maumalo and this week we’ll extend it to include all four wingers on show. Don’t be surprised if Manly’s Akuila Uate and Matthew Wright, and the Warriors duo of Maumalo and Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad all end up on the scorer’s sheet.

Kiwi watch:

This is a sensational round of football on SKY Sport with all 16 teams in action.

It’s back to Thursday night footy this week with Parramatta tackling Canterbury. Bad news for the Bulldogs with Kiwi international Greg Eastwood set to miss six weeks due to a knee injury.

Our Friday night double header will see the Titans at home to the Dragons. What a moment it was for Kiwi test winger Jason Nightingale last Sunday as he posted his 100th career try. Incredibly Jason has scored in only three games this year, but on each occasion has ended up with a hat-trick.

In the late game on Friday, I can’t wait to see the resurgent Benji Marshall play again as the Broncos tackle the Storm.

Super Saturday will live up to its name on SKY Sport kicking off at 5pm with the Roosters against the Sharks. Fa’amanu Brown has a big chance to cement a spot in the Cronulla starting side with regular hooker Jayden Brailey sidelined with a broken jaw.

Following the Warriors game on Saturday night you can stay up late for the desperate Raiders game against the Cowboys. Te Maire Martin has been named to make his North Queensland debut.

And on Sunday, the round will be completed with the battle for the wooden spoon between the Knights and the Tigers, and the Rabbitohs at home to the Panthers. 

From the vault:

James Maloney was the star for the Warriors in round 17, 2010.

Maloney scored a try and kicked five goals in a man of the match performance as the Warriors thrashed Parramatta at Mount Smart Stadium 35-6.

The result proved a major disappointment to former New Zealand test skipper Nathan Cayless who was looking to celebrate his 250th first grade game.

My tips for round 17:

It’s a tough round to tip my friends. I’ll have a stab with these: Eels, Dragons, Storm, Sharks, Sea Eagles, Raiders, Knights, Panthers.

Twitter: @AndrewVossy

Photo: Photosport

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