The New Warriors NSW Cup Team
The Warriors NSW Cup team is no longer the Vulcans. They have been replaced by another Warriors named team. The Warriors now have 3 teams - one in the NYC (National Youth Competition aka Under 20s), one in the NSW Cup and of course the NRL Warriors. The NSW Cup started last weekend on Saturday and the NSW Cup Warriors took on the Wentworthville Magpies (they are the NSW Cup team for the Eels). They played at Belmore Sports Ground in Sydney Australia and although they played well the Warriors were beaten 24 - 38.
The Magpies scored first and were leading 16 - 0 after 10 minutes. These tries were thanks to the Magpies playmaker Chris Sandow who used to play for the Rabbitohs in the NRL. However, the Warriors bounced back scoring a try through Ben Henry who played his first game after coming back from injury. Raymond Faitala-Mariner was the next to score after he dummied some Magpies defenders and went on to score. This made the score 10 - 16, but just before half time the Magpies hit back with another try.
After half time the Warriors let in another try taking the score out to 26 - 10. However, a determined Konrad Hurrell made some solid runs down the middle of the park putting the Warriors on the front foot. This eventually led to winger Jarrod Wilson scoring two tries within a few minutes making the score 20 - 26 after Tui Lolohea managed to land a conversion from the sideline.
With 14 minutes left on the clock David Fusitua scored as close to the posts as he could. However, Lolohea could not convert the try making the score 24-26. The Warriors tried their best for the remaining minutes but were unable to score again as well as letting in two more tries to end the game on 24 - 38.
It is not all bad though, it is only round one and there are a lot of new players in the team still learning how to work together. There is a nice mix of experienced players and talented youth in the team and there is still a whole season to look forward.
They are showing lots of the Warriors NSW Cup games on TV this year, so check your SKY machine or TV listings for when they come on.
The Junior Warriors and their New Coach
The Warriors and Kiwis legend Stacey Jones is the new coach of the Warriors Under 20's team for this year. They also had a loss in round one at 24 - 50 to the Junior Eels. They were missing the experience of players such as Tui Lolohea, Solomone Kata, David Fusitua and Sam Lisone who played in the NSW Cup Warriors this week even though they are still young enough for the Under 20s. It was only the first game though and the Junior Warriors have a new coach and 8 players played their first game. That's almost half the team.
The Juniors Warriors started the game like NSW Cup Warriors being down 16 nil in the early stages of the game. They managed to get one try in the first half but also gave up another try just before half time to be losing 6 - 22.
After returning to the field after half time the Junior Warriors scored three back to back tries and converted them all to be behind by only 4-points at 24-28. The three tries were scored by Brad Abbey and Toafofoa Sipley both from St. Pauls College in Auckland who were playing their first game for the Junior Warriors. Unfortunately those were the last points for the Junior Warriors as they let the Junior Eels score 22 more points.
Despite losing there are some good signs for the Juniors Warriors and the future of the club. They have some more experienced players returning this week - Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, Metia Lisati and Sam Lisone. The Junior Warriors are playing this Saturday at Eden Park against the Junior Dragons who had a good win against the Junior Tigers in Round One.