WARRIOR-ROO BLOG NO.10: TRY-ING TIMES

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Robert Anderson is a Brisbane-based Warriors fan and long-time member of the club. Throughout 2020, he will share his memories and thoughts on his beloved team for This Warriors Life. Here’s the ninth edition of Robert’s ‘Warrior-Roo’ blog (find previous entries HERE):

When it rains, it pours. After begging for a few more four-pointers from the boys it was meat pies all round on Friday night as the Warriors downed the Cowboys 37-26. It was awesome to see a bit of flair and offensive potency after some barren weeks.

Our cause was certainly aided with Cowboys fullback Valentine Holmes sustaining an early injury that ultimately ruled him out. Prop Jordan McLean also failed an HIA test and did not return after oranges. However to our credit we kept superstar JT to a very average (for his standards!) 123 metres. But we’re due a bit of luck and we’re definitely not going to refuse some help from the football gods.

TWL RD 5: KODI AND THE PACK STEER WARRIORS TO HIGH-SCORING WIN

I was talking to a mate during the week and saying that if the halves didn’t fire then they had to go. Well, they certainly showed me this week. Kodi Nikorima had his best game for the club, looking a constant threat throughout. The perpetually under fire Green was also excellent, guiding the team around the park and creating several tries with some pinpoint kicking.

Most impressive of all however was the forward pack. Katoa, again, looks to be future star, and MC Yung Maynie rolled his sleeves up and is starting to look right at home in the top grade. Tohu ‘Aquaman’ Harris backed up his strong game in a losing cause with another massive effort, and the much maligned Adam Blair wound back the clock with a highly-involved showing.

It wasn’t without incident though. I think all Warriors fans collectively face-palmed when Peta Hiku was a little too ‘Joe Cool’ with a grubber gifting Kyle Feldt a first-half try. He did kind of redeem himself, though, with three tries, so we’ll still tussle his hair and say ‘on your way you little scamp’. Patty Herbert recovered from his bout of the dropsies against Penrith and also responded with a solid showing.

TWL RD 5: WARRIORS PLAYER RATINGS

Another area of attention is negotiating the ensuing set after points. Crucial mistakes coming off our own line were costly and, let’s be fair, is not a new issue for us. It just switches momentum in the blink of an eye.

As much as I enjoyed the win, the pulse did not genuinely get down to a reasonable level until it was physically impossible for the Cowboys to mount a miracle comeback. Call me a pessimist but I have been burned before as we’ve discussed! I was about to utter the dreaded words ‘that’s game’ when Karl Lawton crossed with 10 mins to go, but thought better of it. With good reason too as Feldt scored his second try with seven minutes still on the clock!

All’s well that ends well though and as Warriors fans I think we appreciate a win right now as much as any time in our history.

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