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    Warriors vs Dragons

    NRL, 19 May, 2017

    FMG Stadium
    Fulltime - Warriors 14, Dragons 30
    Warriors   Dragons
    14 FINAL SCORE 30
    3 TRIES 6
    Referee: Henry Peranara
    Touch judges: Russell Turner & Chris McMillan
    Video Referee: Jared Maxwell

    Just when you thought the New Zealand Warriors couldn’t be any more inconsistent, last week happened. Who knows what we’ll get when they host an understrength St George Illawarra Dragons in Waikato. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 6pm (AEST).

    The Warriors looked to have turned a corner leading into the representative round with a gritty victory over the Sydney Roosters, defending their line for most of the second half.

    They then came out and tore shreds off the Penrith Panthers in the first half last week, going into the break with a 28-6 lead.

    What followed was dreadful. They had 30 straight points ran up against them and lost the game by eight in a display of defence that wouldn’t cut it in the Holden Cup.

    While the Warriors were – and still will be – without Simon Mannering, that excuse simply doesn’t cut it when your team has the full New Zealand national spine playing.

    The Auckland-based side have a lot more than what they showed against Penrith, but doing it against an impressive Dragons defensive outfit may be easier said than done, and as always it’s going to be about Shaun Johnson and Kieran Foran.

    The Dragons, who were expected to be at the bottom of the table, have surprised plenty this season, and only some tough luck with injuries have seen them drop out of the top four in the last week.

    They were top of the table at a point, but have now lost three in a row, against the Sydney Roosters, Melbourne Storm and Cronulla Sharks.

    While missing Gareth Widdop and Josh Dugan is a fair excuse, the Dragons haven’t played any woefully bad footy and there is no shame in losing to three of the best sides in the competition.

    The only concern was the Storm, who ran up 44 points against the Red V.

    Without Dugan and Widdop, the Dragons have struggled for points and Paul Mcgregor’s men will be keen to address that against the typically defensively weak Warriors.

    The Dragons forwards have been strong in the face of adversity and with Paul Vaughan and Tyson Frizell leading the way, they will be looking to roll the Warriors through the middle.

    In team news, the Warriors will be without Solomone Kata, with Ken Maumalo to take his spot. Euan Aitken is also out for the Dragons, with Taane Milne set to make a return to first grade, despite Matt Dufty being named in the reserves for a potential debut.

    Interestingly, the Dragons have won 20 of the 25 contests between the sides.

    The Dragons might have lost a few on the trot, but they are yet to play any really poor footy. On the other hand, it’s the Warriors – it’s impossible to tip them.

    Dragons by 8.

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    • 8:01am
      Mervyn Cuthbert said | 8:01am | ! Report

      I’ve been a “WARRIORS” fan since 1995 & have strong views on their success/failure. How is NZRL SUPPORTED BY THE NRL? e.g. Would a N.Z. competition such as the Queensland Cup unearth talent ,or are prospective players encouraged to move off-shore? Why has N.Z. only a sole NRL team? What presence is available for local refs/coaches? With the 5 Kiwi teams dominating “Super Rugby” shouldn’t some thought be given to extending the NRL footprint across N.Z.? How many recent international games have been played here?
      Perhaps you might get my perspective that over many ,many years N.Z. has been neglected & together with travel ,local prejudices ,no school support ——“Hey it’s a wonder they’ve survived!”

    • 8:07pm
      NRL/Steelers said | 8:07pm | ! Report

      Love to see Mann have a go at half when Widdop returns

    • 7:51pm
      jamesb said | 7:51pm | ! Report

      Canberra had the wood on the Dragons for a long time. While the Warriors have a dreadful record against the Dragons.

      Head to head: 26 matches
      Dragons 21
      Warriors 5

    • Roar Rookie

      Joe said | 7:50pm | ! Report

      Dragons were very good tonight. Mann played his best game this season. He is getting better each game. Should give them depth when Widdop returns. Warriors were woeful as usual. Missed tackles and error ridden.

      • 7:59pm
        danwain said | 7:59pm | ! Report

        I would play Widdop and Mann when Widdop is fit again, best option.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 7:50pm | ! Report

      Full match report will be on site soon.

      Thanks for joining me this evening on The Roar as the St George Illawarra Dragons picked up an impressive win over the New Zealand Warriors in Waikato. Hopefully you enjoyed the call.

      Right now, it’s time to join Nicholas Nakos as he makes his live blogging debut on the call of the Brisbane Broncos and Wests Tigers.

      I’ll be live with Game 2 of the NBA Eastern Conference finals from 10:30am (AEST) tomorrow between the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers.

      Bye for now.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 7:48pm | ! Report

      Match Statistics
      Tries: Warriors (3), Dragons (6)
      Conversions: Warriors (1/3), Dragons (2/6)
      Penalty goals: Warriors (nil), Dragons (1/1)
      Possession: Warriors (47%), Dragons (53%)
      Completions: Warriors (26/33), Dragons (33/39)
      All runs: Warriors (153), Dragons (195)
      All run metres: Warriors (1409), Dragons (1993)
      Line breaks: Warriors (1), Dragons (9)
      Offloads: Warriors (2), Dragons (20)
      Tackles: Warriors (325), Dragons (321)
      Missed tackles: Warriors (57), Dragons 22)
      Penalties: Warriors (5), Dragons (4)
      Errors: Warriors (8), Dragons (11)

      New Zealand Warriors 14
      St George Illawarra Dragons 30

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 7:45pm | ! Report

      Thoughts on the game Roarers?

      • 7:54pm
        danwain said | 7:54pm | ! Report

        Brilliant by the dragons, looked a really confident attacking unit tonight, get Widdop and Dugan back into that side and they will continue to exceed everyone’s expectations. Not sure how much longer the will be underrated, they were paying $2.30 to win tonight, felt like I was stealing money with those odds.

        On another note, surely NSW has to start with Fifita and Vaughan up front, that combo will strike fear into Queensland.

    • Roar Guru

      Scott Pryde said | 7:45pm | ! Report


      That’ll do it. The Warriors with an ordinary last set, a kick going over the sideline to wrap it up.

      The Dragons have been absolutely sensational tonight. The Warriors woeful, but it was a complete performance from the Dragons. This is a team who are going to cause some damage this year.

      New Zealand Warriors 14
      St George Illawarra Dragons 30

    • Roar Rookie

      Joe said | 7:44pm | ! Report

      Why is Kearney picking Roach to sit on the bench whole game. His forwards are struggling out there with their fitness and he wastes a bench spot.

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