Saturday, February 27, 2010

Warriors draw 16 all with Manly in final trial match at North Harbour

Well the Warriors have managed a 16 all draw with Manly in their final trial match tonight in great conditions at North Harbour Stadium.

Tate managed 45 minutes in total game time - a 22m and a 23m stint.

WadeMac came on at halftime at fullback replacing Hohaia who started at number 1.

The Warriors trailed 16-10 for much of the second half (those 10 points coming from tries to Vatuvei and Moon) and withstood sustained pressure from Manly, preventing them from scoring in the final 40 minutes. The Warriors then managed to come back with a try late on to new signing Jeremy Latimore under the posts. The try was converted to lock the scores at 16 and that was how the game ended. Of course in a real NRL game - there would have been golden point overtime to try and decide the game.

But a draw is a good result against a serious Manly side as the Warriors continue to build towards round 1. It looks like only Mannering, Henderson and Price remain doubtful as round 1 starters.

4 comments:

Dan said...

Tate for me is a key player for the warriors - hopefully he is not too disinterested after the treatment handed outn to his brother inlaw - am interested in how the half combo goes this year as well - would like to see locke moved closer to the ball as well?

Anonymous said...

any ideas on who will be the first choice kicker at the warriors this year? Seymour or Locke....?

Matt said...

As for who will kick - its a mystery, in the trials we have seen Seymour, Locke, Shaun Johnson and Aaron Heremaia land conversions - although in the first trial Seymour did land all three conversions. So - if we look into the crystal ball its Seymour. But thats putting a lot of eggs in one players basket if we are asking him to be playmaker and goal kicker. If he is injured - its worrying. So maybe we should be looking to Locke as first choice goal kicker?

Anonymous said...

yeah hard to say isnt it. locke kicked at the back end of last year (and kicked well), but obviously seymour was out....