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Warriors' Half-Year Report

Warriors' Half-Year Report

Warriors' Half-Year Report

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Vossy Last Word:  Warriors half yearly report.

Rest easy Warriors fans this weekend as your team takes its first bye of the season.

It gives us the chance to take stock of where the side is at through 14 rounds of the NRL season, and quite obviously things could and probably should be better. But then again, they could be worse.

Last week’s big victory over the Titans has at least given the Warriors a launch pad for the rest of the year, as I honestly don’t believe the four sides behind them on competition points are serious finals contenders.

So, six wins and eight losses is how the report card reads for Stephen Kearney’s side.

In my number crunching, the Warriors will need to win at least six of their remaining 10 games to have any chance of making the playoffs.

Their defence needs work if they are to turn things around. A 22 points conceded per game average is still too many. It is six points a game more than any of the current top four teams.

The next two weeks after the bye are huge, and may even define the Warriors season.

In Round 16 they will be at home to the Bulldogs, a team that beat them in Dunedin in Round 3.

Meantime in Round 17, the Warriors have to find a way to win across in Perth against Manly.

If the Warriors can collect all eight points over the next month (that includes two  byes), then we will be talking up more a serious run to the finals.

And of course, we’ll have it all covered right here on SKY Sport.

Kiwi watch:

There are just four NRL matches this weekend on SKY Sport, kicking off with the Rabbitohs tackling the Titans in Friday night football.

I can’t wait to see the clash of the two locks in this one with Sam Burgess taking on the Warriors bound Leivaha Pulu.

On Saturday night, State of Origin takes a big bite out of the Storm/Cowboys clash in Melbourne.

The Kiwi internationals across both line ups become the headline acts with the likes of Johnathan Thurston, Billy Slater, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Michael Morgan unavailable.

In the late game on Saturday, Samoan internationals Fa’amanu Brown and Sam Tagataese have been brought into the Sharks starting side to tackle the Tigers.

Brown finds himself opposed at No.6 to former Warrior Tuimoala Lolohea.

And in the lone game on Sunday, SKY Sport will bring you the action between the Eels and the Dragons.

With Josh Dugan in the New South Wales side, Kiwi international Jason Nightingale has been moved to fullback in the Dragons team.

State of Origin II:

It will be worth staying up late next Wednesday night for SKY Sport’s coverage of State of Origin II from Sydney’s ANZ Stadium.

The Blues are in the box seat after their resounding 28-4 victory in Brisbane, keeping in mind that the team that has won the series opener has gone on to take the origin shield in eight of the last 10 years.

The Maroons have pulled out all stops to square things up, making seven changes. This includes the return from injury of Johnathan Thurston and the recall of Billy Slater.

Overall the Origin record reads 58 wins to Queensland, 49 to New South Wales and two draws from 109 meetings.

However at ANZ, the Blues hold the advantage with 16 wins from 25 games.

In my opinion, it is almost too close to tip. May the best team win.

Vossy’s tips for Round 15:

Rabbitohs, Storm, Sharks, Eels.

Twitter: @AndrewVossy


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