Album: Rd 10 - Warriors Vs Roosters Preview!
NZ Warriors vs Roosters<br /> Mt Smart Stadium<br /> Saturday 12th May, 7:30pm<br /> <br /> Well, last week certainly exceeded my expectations. Broken jaws and a new signing aside, that first half against the Broncos was far and away the best half of football we’ve played all year. It began up front with a rampaging Big Ben absolutely smashing Hannant and his mate Thaiday, and was finished by a few deft touches from Johnson. I could go on all day, so to save time, let’s turn our attention towards this week against the Roosters.<br /> <br /> Payback may be what the media talk up for this match, though from my perspective the Warriors need to solidify what they’ve achieved over the past few weeks. A good win against the Bunnies, a competitive loss at Melbourne followed by our best win of the season over the high flying Broncos - a win this weekend will stamp our intent as a serious Premiership force.<br /> <br /> Recent form: Not unlike the Warriors, the Roosters have had an indifferent start to the season. They’ve struggled to string wins together and come into this clash sitting just outside the 8. They’ll be buoyed by their solid win over a depleted Knights outfit on Sunday, though confidence isn’t at an all-time high in Sydney city. Concerning for Roosters fans will be their form on the road, going down 50-12 against the Cowboys in Darwin and 44-4 in Melbourne.<br /> <br /> The Warriors, on the other hand, look to be playing the sort of football we all expect; Joey Johns even thinks we’re the most dangerous team in the competition. (Read into that what you will.) I thought our defence on the fringes looked better against the Broncos, Henry again impressive in shutting down his opposite number.<br /> <br /> Rooster forum stalking reveals they’re not too confident about this trip, though the general consensus seems to be that if there’s any weakness to be exploited, it lies in the outside backs of this Warriors line-up – Vatuvei and Hurrell in particular.<br /> <br /> Players to watch: We highlighted last week the importance of matching the