Album: Rd 13 - Warriors Vs Storm Preview!
Warriors vs Storm<br /> Mt Smart Stadium<br /> Sunday 4:00pm<br /> <br /> The random NRL draw sees the Warriors take on the Storm for the second time inside 6 rounds. What more can I say about Melbourne and their spine that hasn’t already been covered? Their ‘big 3’ were again part of a victorious QLD side, and they are again the competition pace setters. The Warriors have had an interesting week, despite not taking the field - we gained 2 competition points though lost Krisnan Inu along the way. The Dogs came knocking, and he was off quicker than a bride’s nightie. In typical Krisnan style, he went on to produce a man-of-the-match display for the Bulldogs on Monday night. I for one am glad that saga is finally over, though I’ll be forever wondering ‘what might have been’.<br /> <br /> Recent Form: The Warriors looked on track to upset the Tigers 2 weeks ago until a sloppy 2nd half display, combined with a dominant performance from Benji Marshall, scuppered any hopes of a 3rd successive win. Worryingly, defence was again lacking when it counted most, with the Tigers piling on 24 points in the 2nd half. We continue to harp on about it, but defence wins premierships, not razzle-dazzle jungle ball.<br /> The Storm suffered their first lost of the season 3 weeks ago but bounced back well after the bye to demolish the Broncos in Melbourne. Only a Carney inspired Sharks outfit have halted their charge so far this season, and they’re deserved premiership favourites.<br /> <br /> Players to Watch: Manu was back to his error-ridden ways against the Tigers, and it is really starting to wear thin. He continues to make elementary errors, and his poor games have been as frequent as his solid ones. He needs to sort his shit out, sooner rather than later.<br /> <br /> The Kondom was again at his penetrating best against the Tigers, though more importantly is showing signs he’s learning and improving with every game. I thought Johnson over-played his hand with a couple of very questionable 4th and 5th tackle options. Sometimes less is more, a