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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