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Warriors Told To 'Rip In'


Warriors Told To 'Rip In'

Warriors Told To 'Rip In'



Warriors v Canberra Raiders

When: Sunday August 13, 2017.

Where: Mount Smart Stadium

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

The Warriors owe their fans a big one on Sunday after a disappointing month has seen them drop out of finals contention.

And if they were to win, they in turn would all but kill off the hopes of the Raiders.

Overall the record between the sides reads 17 wins to the Warriors from 37 meetings with the Raiders on a three game streak after the Warriors had managed five in a row.

In three of those five wins they had managed at least 50 points. The Warriors are 11 and 6 against Canberra at Mount Smart.

In a boost for the team this week, 301 game veteran Ryan Hoffman returns from injury. Coach Stephen Kearney has also made a big tactical switch, relegating Issac Luke to the interchange bench, and starting with Nathaniel Roache at hooker.

Canberra will deservedly start favourites, especially after such a convincing win last Saturday night against Cronulla. If you needed only one reason to watch this game, let me put forward Raiders and Kiwis winger Jordan Rapana.

In a tremendous race for leading try scorer honours in the NRL this season, Rapana is one off the pace being set by Melbourne’s Suliasi Vunivalu and South Sydney’s Alex Johnston on 17. Mind you, the Raiders left winger Nick Cotric, isn’t bad to watch either, having posted 13 tries in his rookie season.

It’ll sure be a tough test for the Warriors wing pair, Ken Maumalo and David Fusitua.

For mine, the Warriors 2018 season starts now. They cannot afford to end this season without so much as a whimper. Come on fellas… rip in on Sunday.

There’ll be a big ‘jury’ sitting in judgment watching the performance on SKY Sport. 

The hot tip:

With Ryan Hoffman returning from injury, how about we tip him for the opening try against the club his Dad Jay represented in their very first year back in 1982.

Kiwi watch:

There are just four rounds to go before the finals, and this week on SKY Sport it’s like the playoffs have come early.

We’ll bring you the clashes of 1 v 2, 3 v 4, and 6 v 8.

The action kicks off on Thursday night with the Rabbitohs against the Bulldogs.

In our Friday night double, Shaun Kenny-Dowall will have his hands full for the Knights marking Parramatta’s Semi Radradra. They are on a six game winning streak.

In the late game, Kodi Nikorima will again start halfback for the Broncos against a Cronulla team that will have former Warrior James Maloney returning from injury.

In Super Saturday on SKY Sport we will start the afternoon with the under pressure Dragons tackling the Titans. The Gold Coast have Kevin Proctor back from injury.

There’s a top of the table clash at 7.30 as Melbourne host the Roosters. Up front will be awesome with Jesse Bromwich lining up to Jared Waerea Hargreaves.

And in the late Saturday match look out for Kiwi international Dallin Watene Zelezniak who appears to be in good try scoring form. The Panthers play the Cowboys.

Meantime on Sunday on SKY Sport after the Warriors match, the round will be completed with the Tigers at home to Manly.

From the vault:

Round 23, 2010 was a good one for Warriors great Manu Vatuvei.

The Beast crossed for a hat-trick of tries as the Warriors downed Newcastle 22-10. The win lifted the Ivan Cleary coached side to sixth, as they set sail for the finals.

My tips for round 23:

Rabbitohs, Eels, Broncos, Dragons, Storm, Panthers, Raiders, Sea Eagles.

Twitter: @AndrewVossy

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