Album: Warriors Rnd 6 Evaluation

NRL: Lots to improve on to justify the hype<br /> <br /> By Michael Burgess<br /> 5:30 AM Sunday Apr 21, 2013<br /> <br /> One win from six equals the Warriors&#039; worst start to an NRL season in the club&#039;s 19-year history. Photo / Getty Images<br /> <br /> The rebuild was always going to take time but it wasn&#039;t meant to be like this. The Warriors are second-to-last after just one win in six games. It represents the equal worst start in the club&#039;s 19-year history.<br /> <br /> Only once before, in 2004, did the club statistically match the early results of this season. It&#039;s worse than the terrible years of 1999 and 2000, when players&#039; wages went unpaid and the coaches had to pluck players from the Auckland club competition. It&#039;s worse than the 1998 season when the club finished 15th of 20 teams, and so far is worse than the 2009 season, when the club won seven games to finish third-from-bottom.<br /> <br /> Warriors fans are used to ups and downs and there is a core renowned for their loyalty but the current situation is testing the patience of many. This wasn&#039;t what was expected after all the hype coming into 2013, with Eric Watson&#039;s words (&quot;biggest single sporting franchise in Australasia&quot;) still echoing in our ears. At the moment, the Warriors are being compared with the miserable Mystics and hapless Highlanders.<br /> <br /> There isn&#039;t much respite, with a match in Melbourne on Thursday followed by the visits of the Titans and Bulldogs.<br /> <br /> The top eight seems a long way away. However, there is some hope and reasons to stay loyal.<br /> <br /> What has improved<br /> <br /> Defence<br /> This side of the game is definitely better in 2013. There is a discernible structure and more steel; with the weight of Canberra&#039;s possession in the second half last week, the score might have ballooned out to 50 last year. There were strong defensive periods against the Roosters, Cowboys and Souths. Now, if only these could be extended to 80 minutes...<br /> <br /> Conditioning<br /> This is a marginal call but the team looks slightly fitter than last year. They finished strongly against the Cowbo



Warriors Rnd 6 Evaluation

Updated Apr 23, 2013
There is no photo in this album yet.
mt.wellington
NRL: Lots to improve on to justify the hype

By Michael Burgess
5:30 AM Sunday Apr 21, 2013

One win from six equals the Warriors' worst start to an NRL season in the club's 19-year history. Photo / Getty Images

The rebuild was always going to take time but it wasn't meant to be like this. The Warriors are second-to-last after just one win in six games. It represents the equal worst start in the club's 19-year history.

Only once before, in 2004, did the club statistically match the early results of this season. It's worse than the terrible years of 1999 and 2000, when players' wages went unpaid and the coaches had to pluck players from the Auckland club competition. It's worse than the 1998 season when the club finished 15th of 20 teams, and so far is worse than the 2009 season, when the club won seven games to finish third-from-bottom.

Warriors fans are used to ups and downs and there is a core renowned for their loyalty but the current situation is testing the patience of many. This wasn't what was expected after all the hype coming into 2013, with Eric Watson's words ("biggest single sporting franchise in Australasia") still echoing in our ears. At the moment, the Warriors are being compared with the miserable Mystics and hapless Highlanders.

There isn't much respite, with a match in Melbourne on Thursday followed by the visits of the Titans and Bulldogs.

The top eight seems a long way away. However, there is some hope and reasons to stay loyal.

What has improved

Defence
This side of the game is definitely better in 2013. There is a discernible structure and more steel; with the weight of Canberra's possession in the second half last week, the score might have ballooned out to 50 last year. There were strong defensive periods against the Roosters, Cowboys and Souths. Now, if only these could be extended to 80 minutes...

Conditioning
This is a marginal call but the team looks slightly fitter than last year. They finished strongly against the Cowbo
  1. Sup42 likes this.

Actions