WHAT THEY SAID: ROUND 9 REACTION

All the media, fan, player and coach reaction from the Warriors’ gritty 26-4 over Wests Tigers on Saturday night.

What the Warriors said

Stephen Kearney talked about satisfaction in his team’s bounce-back performance, strategy around Adam Blair and Simon Mannering, and the team’s bevy of injuries in one of season’s longest press conferences.

What the fans said

Lots of love for the Warriors’ performance – collectively and individually – in the TWL comments threads:

But not everyone’s on the bandwagon – check out Ranty McRanterson over here!

Meanwhile, debate continues to rage over the high-quality-but-statistically-awful contributions of big-name recruit Adam Blair:

What the NZ media said

‘The Warriors are back – and it might be time to start believing’ began NZ Herald’s Michael Burgess. We like the sound of that.

But it was impossible to ignore the other big story of the night: the injuries. The Herald’s David Skipwith had the job of covering the downside of the win.

Marvin France was all over the game for Stuff, with David Long distracted by an unruly ‘neutral’ fan.

The injury toll was also the lead-off for NRL.com’s Jackson Thomas:

Corey Rosser shrewdly pointed out the value the Warriors have got from cut-price hookers over the years as Karl Lawton added his name to the list.

If further evidence was needed that the Warriors have hit a seven-year high, there was a positive (if laden with backhanded compliments) article from Chris Rattue to remove all doubt!

What the Aussie media said

While most of the Aussie league scribes were focused on bagging the refs and Scott Bolton, the Warriors got a bit of airtime – including a plug from former Wallaby-turned-journalist Peter FitzSimons.

Simon Brunsdon covered the game dutifully for Fox Sports, but his primary takeaway was purely skin deep.

What we said

What Kayla Cullen said

She’s clearly not marrying him for the sturdiness of his legs, but Kayla Cullen gave Shaun Johnson the YES!

Boys are on!! The only yes I need. @kaylamalvinacullen

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