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Warriors thrash Broncos in final warmup

Postby Muppet » Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:10 pm

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Shaun Johnson makes a break during the NRL pre-season match between the Warriors and the Brisbane Broncos. Photo /Getty Images

Shaun Johnson makes a break during the NRL pre-season match between the Warriors and the Brisbane Broncos. Photo /Getty Images

Warriors 48 Broncos 4
The Warriors revelled in the perfect conditions at Dunedin's covered stadium to thump the Broncos 48-4 today.

Led by sparkling halfback Shaun Johnson and flying winger Glen Fisiiahi, the Warriors scored nine tries to one in the pre-season match.

The Warriors backs found plenty of gaps to exploit and could have scored another two or three tries.

Providing the platform were workhorses Simon Mannering and Nathan Friend.

The Broncos struggled to create many try-scoring opportunities and showed a lack of accuracy on attack.

It may only have been a pre-season game but it was a nice boost for the Warriors ahead of their NRL season opener against the Parramatta Eels on March 9.

Warriors 48 (Glen Fisiiahi 2, Konrad Hurrell 2, Shaun Johnson, Charlie Gubb, Carlos Tuimavave, David Fusitua, Sam Tomkins tries; Johnson 4 goals, Chad Townsend 2 goals), Broncos 4 (Jack Reed try). HT: 22-4.

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Re: Warriors thrash Broncos in final warmup

Postby Muppet » Sun Feb 23, 2014 2:24 pm

Was a very good warm up by the boys. So many positives to come out of that match. The news boys will certainly add a lot over the coming season.
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Re: Warriors thrash Broncos in final warmup

Postby TerryG » Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:01 pm

Muppet wrote:Was a very good warm up by the boys. So many positives to come out of that match. The news boys will certainly add a lot over the coming season.

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Warriors 48 (Glen Fisiiahi 2, Konrad Hurrell 2, Shaun Johnson, Charlie Gubb, Carlos Tuimavave, David Fusitua, Sam Tomkins tries; Johnson 4 goals, Chad Townsend 2 goals), Broncos 4 (Jack Reed try). HT: 22-4.


Very pleasing reading. Looks like they all supported each other and got involved. :clap:

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Postby TerryG » Sun Feb 23, 2014 3:30 pm

Have the Warriors got a new jersey for every trials game? Makes for a big collection.
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Postby Muppet » Sun Feb 23, 2014 7:44 pm

TerryG wrote:Have the Warriors got a new jersey for every trials game? Makes for a big collection.


It's getting ridiculous the amount of jerseys they have.
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Re: Warriors thrash Broncos in final warmup

Postby sup42 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 10:50 am

TerryG wrote:
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' these are not the Warriors you are looking for "

Agree about the Jerseys , and that one is plain hideous. A UK forum poster compared it to the ' Slimer from Ghost busters " hard not to agree.

They wore that one in all the Trials ( unfortunately ) Titans /Wigan......it's as if they know it is a stinker and they're trying to recover the decision by playing it repeatedly. The name ' high Voltage training Jersey ' is really milking it.

They sold out of merchandise at the Nines....in two hours....I saw a lot of Warriors Jerseys at Eden Park but not too many of those.

Just on the game , Brissy were poor, we were great , lots of structure , lots of accuracy , Try's scored on the edges because of Tomkins and Townsends passing game ( It's pin point , how goods that ? ).

Johnson had to go off early , it didn't slow us down at all , Tomkins just took over the halves role and Lolohea didn't have to do a lot.

Over at the Bronco's forum they are going through the same grief we did last year after the Penrith game , even though it is only trials , I think I read they conceded eighty points in two trials and scored something not a lot better than the four they got yesterday...ouch.

The Eels will be a serious test. They are on a high after a good showing in the nines and nearly beating Manly this weekend. Hopoate was dominant , that's a red flag warning right there.
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Re: Warriors thrash Broncos in final warmup

Postby Muppet » Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:24 am

Playing the Eels first up and on their home ground won't be an easy game. They will be buzzing like usual and a very stern test for us. We would be better playing them around round 4-6 after they have had the wind taken out of there sails. Still, bring on the footy.
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Re: Warriors thrash Broncos in final warmup

Postby TerryG » Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:30 pm

sup42 wrote:' these are not the Warriors you are looking for " :lol:

The Eels will be a serious test. They are on a high after a good showing in the nines and nearly beating Manly this weekend. Hopoate was dominant , that's a red flag warning right there.


Muppet wrote:Playing the Eels first up and on their home ground won't be an easy game. They will be buzzing like usual and a very stern test for us. We would be better playing them around round 4-6 after they have had the wind taken out of there sails. Still, bring on the footy.


Even in years when Para collect the spoon, they still usually flog us in game one.

They've got Hoppa on the case, Sandow playing in the Resies and are free of ex-coach Ricky Stuart.

Para will be expecting to clobber us.
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Re: Warriors thrash Broncos in final warmup

Postby sup42 » Mon Feb 24, 2014 5:56 pm

We've seen too much. Too many years of coping hidings from Para or anyone in round one.
Round two as well for that matter.
It seems to take a while for our team to harden themselves for an NRL season. Lots of times heads drop when things don't go our way ( Refs calls...and unforced errors ).
As the Season goes on and we get more desperate, we seem to fight like rats in the corner , it's not a good system.
All I remember of last years first game is that Para ran over the top of us....we were like the Deer in the headlights that Brisbane were.
We're all hoping Matt Elliot with the extra time to prepare his team and the departure of Russel who had a bad attitude from documented accounts of the report the Warriors gave to the NRL committee....means a happier more settled club.

We're expecting the Kevin Campion effect from Tomkins ( player with Mana lifts the whole organisation ) that seems to be happening. Campion seemed to lift all of our no name players like Toopi , Fa'afili , Ali L , Meli , and lots of other unheard of Juniors who became stars in that era....

It's not just Tomkins changing how our boys feel about themselves off the field. Elliots mentioned how driven and competitive Townsend is. Bukuya has been smacking people around at training. Him and Townsend are friends , they both felt unwanted at Cronullar , bringing them here together for a fresh start ....clean slate...was a very smart move.
Tomkins biggest impact off the field is that he exudes confidence without being a player who feeds off it, he knows how good he is , the question for him is where does that rate against Slater and Inglis , Barber.
He is the sort of bloke who wouldn't rest with being the best Fullback....count on his personal goal being the best player in the World.

Sounds a bit grandiose , but it's not really. Tomkins has already been through that progression of best Fb best player in the ESL that's pretty much where he has to keep his goals aimed in this comp.

We really need a player that can lead the team around the park. Townsend has stepped up , he's been a NSW cup Captain and Half of the year....he has come to the right team with Tomkins , Tl , Friend and Johnson supporting him.
Johnson needed a break from the expectation that he should be our best player. People will be happy for Johnson to be one of several ' best player debates '

We don't want to see a repeat of what happened to Tomkins and Johnson on day two of the nines...they were marked out of the game and overused.....in an ideal world Townsend and some of our best forwards would have won us that Tournament....Townsend takes pressure off both those players by running the team and shifting the ball to them so they can concentrate on doing their thing.

Bit of a Rant but I think we will go ok against the Eels. They will be very very good and hard to beat , so will we.
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