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Warriors Wind Up 2017 At Leichardt


Warriors Wind Up 2017 At Leichardt

Warriors Wind Up 2017 At Leichardt



Warriors v Wests Tigers

When: Sunday, September 3, 2017.

Where: Leichhardt Oval.

Watch it: LIVE. SKY Sport 2 from 8.00pm.

If only we could wind the clock back to March and start this campaign over again.

Things have obviously gone badly for the Warriors, however it was uplifting to see the team spirit shown last Sunday in the golden point loss against Manly. Produce that every week and you’re more likely to win more than you use.

So now is the time to leave nothing out on the park. I hope the Warriors can take a really positive attacking mindset into Sunday night against the Tigers, as I’m fairly sure Ivan Cleary’s side will be looking to entertain their home fans after enduring a tough season.

This will be the 28th meeting between the clubs. The Warriors have won 13 times and the Tigers 14. At Leichhardt Oval, the Warriors have won two of  the five clashes including the last time they met in 2013, 24-14.

It will also bring down the curtain on the Warrior careers of Ben Matulino, Ryan Hoffman, Charlie Gubb and Kieran Foran… just as the Tigers have some big name farewells with the likes of James Tedesco and Aaron Woods.

It is certainly worth singling out Ben as he clocks up his 212th NRL match. The 2015 Warriors player of the year sits fourth on the all-time appearances list for the club. I reckon he’ll have a big one against the club he will join in 2018.

It will also be the last chance for the Warriors players pressing for World Cup selection, so that’s extra motivation to perform well.

Lets be blunt. This is not the way we wanted to be presenting the Warriors final game of the season, but based on last week at the very least, Stephen Kearney’s team should be ready and able to provide an entertaining clash in this one.

The hot tip:

How about we chalk up another double for talented David Fusitua? He was in great form last Sunday against Manly and I reckon he’ll continue that try scoring form into the Tigers clash. I’ll tip first try, and to finish with at least two.

Kiwi watch:

And so we get right down to the pointy end of the season on SKY Sport.

We will have a blockbuster to kick off the round on Thursday night with another instalment in the incredible rivalry of the Cowboys and the Broncos. There will be plenty of New Zealand internationals on show in this one including Jason Taumalolo and Adam Blair.

There will be just the one game on Saturday night as Parramatta look to seal a place in the top four when they take on South Sydney.

On Super Saturday, first up we will have the Roosters at home to the Titans. There is an interesting selection in the Gold Coast side, with Warriors bound Leivaha Pulu named in the centres.

There is the chance that game two on Saturday is a sudden death battle as Manly host the Panthers. Dean Whare has been selected to play fullback for the first time with Penrith.

And the minor premiership shield will be handed out on Saturday night when Melbourne is at home to Canberra. What about the battle of the tryscoring wingers in this one? Rapana, Cotric, Vunivalu and Addo-Carr!

It will also be an NRL triple header on SKY Sport on Sunday kicking off with Newcastle against Cronulla. Next up, the Dragons will be playing for their premiership lives against the Bulldogs … before we get stuck into the Warriors game which I’ll have the pleasure of calling.

From the vault:

The Warriors wrapped up fifith position in the 2011 premiership with an 18-6 victory over the Cowboys in round 26.

In front of a crowd of 20,082 on a wet Saturday night at Mount Smart Stadium, the Warriors scored three tries to one, including a double to winger Krisnan Inu.

My tips for round 26:

Broncos, Eels, Roosters, Panthers, Storm, Sharks, Dragons, Tigers.

Twitter: @AndrewVossy

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