Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Falling behind in a great season

Hey guys sorry I have been falling behind on the blog. We just moved house and the broadband only just got activated after almost 3 weeks! A real pain but at least now I am back online and MySky is in effect so its all good from here on in.

And how good is this Warriors season shaping up to be. I note the disappointing loss to Manly - which I attended at Mt Smart. Good fun and really tight game. An arm wrestle. Lack of strike power was notable in the absence of Vatuvei. Tupou showed promise but he is not the finished article just yet. I sat in the Western stand and it was pretty cool but I think I like the Eastern stand better. Let me know your thoughts.

As for the game vs the Dogs - my goodness the NRL and the Warriors in particular deliver an entertaining product sometimes. What more could you ask for than tied at 24 in the final minute with a miracle try off a Lewis Brown kick to win the game for the boys. Unbelievable. Lewis Brown is a star in the making - and he is a great centre/2nd rower in the Mannering mould. And despite the no doubt excessive attention after a few hot performances - Maloney is starting to make me believe he is the real deal.

This team has a lot of potential, especially when you start considering the injury report. Its almost a whole team worth of players waiting in the wings. Cleary may end up with some real selection battles if these guys all get fit. For example when Seymour is fit how will he restructure a halves combo that seems quite effective at present? Moon looks most likely to be dropped but he shows some real signs of improvement as well. But what about the Hiho/WadeMac scenario. you can't drop Hohaia on current form so how do we put this jigsaw together if Seymour is good enough to start? Depth is a good thing so lets hope all these guys can be fit soon.

Tupou will start in place of Vatuvei this Sunday vs the Panthers at Mt Smart - he is a good prospect, but he is a long way from being the beast.

Injury Report

Steve Price - heel infection - ever? round 7?
Mannering - hamstring - round 7 maybe?
Vatuvei - hamstring - round 7 maybe?
Ropati - hamstring - round 7 maybe?
Seymour - broken thumb - round 9?
Michael Luck - broken right index finger - round 6
Henderson - knee injury - made it to the bench in round 5 and will be on the bench again in rnd 6
Sione Louisi - leg infection
Isaac John - foot
Shawn Johnson - ankle
Elijah Taylor - serious knee injury - maybe out till 2011

I also think at least one player - Locke - is carrying injuries that have not been openly admitted. In a recent interview he said that he was having problems with his shoulder rotator cuff - such that he had difficulty raising his arms to catch the high ball. I also wonder if he doesn't have a knee injury as well. His form has not been that great so far but he has alot of talent if he is fully fit.

This is Clearys team for the match v the Panthers this weekend - interesting to see him start WadeMac at fullback with Hohaia in the halves pushing Moon to the centres:

1 WADE McKINNON
2 KEVIN LOCKE
3 BRENT TATE (c)
4 JOEL MOON
5 BILL TUPOU
6 LANCE HOHAIA
7 JAMES MALONEY
8 SAM RAPIRA
9 AARON HEREMAIA
10 JESSE ROYAL
11 LEWIS BROWN
12 BEN MATULINO
13 JACOB LILLYMAN
Interchange:
14 IAN HENDERSON
15 JEREMY LATIMORE
16 RUSSELL PACKER
17 UKUMA TA’AI

2 comments:

Dan said...

Agree with the comments -there will potentially be a bit of a logjam of talent when it comes back - but that is not really such a bad thing - it is very rare in the NRL thatnyou can put your favoured team out. I am glad that people can take an opportunity - ie Heremia and Lewis who are quickly becoming amongst my favourite players. Good also to see wade play with some confidence again. Am not too worried as there are always injuries that mean winning the NRL is about more than the top 17 players.
Was gutted about the manly game - and to be honest as ordinary as the dogs are at the moment was surprised that we won there (albeit luckily). IMportant game this weekend to win and get some momentum - but the penrith forward pack looks like it could take a bit of stopping and sadly am not confident at all about this one.

Matt said...

Nice work Dan - how are you managing to watch the games over there? Is it warming up in Vancouver yet?