Sports Talk: NRL

The NRL season is about to kick off, and I’m a little more excited about it than usual. I’m a little jaded from the saturation of Rugby Union, more specifically the Super 15 competition that starts while cricket is still on, and seemingly finishes when we’re opening our Christmas presents. Nevertheless, it will still be covered in this slot.

It is anyone’s guess as to how the New Zealand Warriors will perform this year under new coach Matthew Elliot, but if Google is anything to go by it isn’t a good omen:

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That aside, the Warriors and Elliott have some work to do to restore the faith of their fans after last seasons disastrous effort under Bluey to continue the success Ivan Cleary had with the team. Eyes will be on the kicking this year, an area that needs focus after James Maloney’s shocker of a season in 2012 missing many easy kicks. Shaun Johnson has his work cut out for him when he returns from his pre season injury which could potentially leave him out for 3 rounds for a hyper-extended elbow.

Elliott will also need to have the team focused on their fitness, too many times in 2012 they have blown a respectable first half lead only to bomb out in the second half against the fitter, faster teams.

Sportsfreak  has made it’s predictions on the Warriors for 2013

The Warriors have a long road to redemption this season after what you could describe last season’s effort as ‘terribad’. With a new coach in Matt Elliott, and some quality players adding to the depth this club has already had for quite some time due to a successful Holden Cup side, there is really no reason not to succeed. Experience in key positions with Todd Lowrie at lock and Thomas Leuluai slotting in the halves.  Always an exciting team to watch when they are on. A lot to prove.

You can read the rest of their predictions here

 


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  • Brian of Mt Wellington

    Surely they can’t do much worse than last season, I hope not. Had Shaun Johnson attempted a proper tackle when he got injured things maybe different. Too many times you see players lazily going for a jersey grab instead of proper tackling like they have been trained, thats why he’s injured if you watch the footage. One thing I would say to the team is to stop all this namby pamby hugging and slapping everytime they either stuff up or do something decent. It looks like they want to spend too much time congratulating each other. It just makes the game look a bit sissy now when they do all that. It’s slowly gone from high fives to man hugs, whats next, kissing like that other game thats big in England when they score a goal. Heaven forbid.

  • Kiwikea

    Missing a few kicks was a small problem (Broncos game at Suncorp aside). The big issue was a large injury toll and not having the mental or physical ability to play 80 mins.

    They seem to really have worked in these areas in the off season to rectify that, however somewhat of a carryover injury from last year, Nathan Friend’s shoulder, could be a big issue.

    Elliott seems to have no faith in Mara, and missing out on Waddell means Elijah Taylor has to play extended minutes in a crucial position without much experience.

    Impressed though that Charlie Gubb has come from Qld Cup to force his way onto an extended bench. Wish NZ media would focus on interesting stories about stories such as Gubb who left Warriors after graduating from the NYC team. He played for two years in the Qld cup whilst holding down a job teaching special needs kids.

    Maybe if more stories like this were in the media, NZ sports media wouldn’t be considered to have no depth – and reporters than journalists.

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