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Trial: Vodafone Warriors 18, Penrith 32



It should be about full time now, so I wonder how that went.

Based on last year's effort...

Lachlan Coote is a far better fullback than Kevin Locke. Coote is in the top 10% of NRL players for kick return metres and total metres gained. He even kicked 2 4020s. If Coote has a weakness, it's his tackling.

Bill Tupou contributes high ruck metres, but is otherwise a very very ordinary player.

Dane Neilsen is the most impressive right centre of both teams – now that Micheal Jennings is out of the picture and settling in with the Roosters.

Konrad Hurrell and Brad Tighe play at about the same level except where Hurrell leads in try scoring.

Brad Tighe's other next favoured position is left wing. Manu Vatuvei is a better left wing on points but is let down by his high error rate and is way below average in tackles where Tighe is above average.

Thomas Leuluai. Don't know what to expect here. Will the next James Maloney please stand up?

Halfback Luke Walsh is less effective than Shaun Johnson for tries, try assists and tackles breaks but Walsh has a better kicking games. Shaun has a lot of room to improve when it comes to missed tackles.

Ben Henry will be delighted to be picked at 2nd row next to Mannering.

Unlike last week, this is a near full strength team so it'll be a long season for the Warriors if they don't win this game.

I'm picking the Warriors to scrape home. 



Panthers 32 def Warriors 18 


Manu Vatuvei opened the scoring but, as they did against the Gold Coast Titans last week, the Vodafone Warriors fell behind and fisnished up losing today's NRL trial 18-32 against Penrith at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton.
The Panthers led 22-4 at halftime with two tries to Lewis Brown and one each to Josh Mansour and David Simmons.
The Vodafone Warriors scored second half tries through Ngani Laumape, Kevin Locke and Glen Fisiiahi. 


Oh good grief :rolls:.

22-4 to Penrith 1st half and 32-18 at full time.

Well done Panthers and Ivan Cleary, especially Lewis Brown who scored when “the Panthers broke down the left side, going 60m without any of their players being touched”,

The Warriors were weak in attack, but if nobody's going to defend either the record losing streak is sure to worsen.

Hope the Knights are doing better Knitey. 


Ta Terry, I must admit I'm disappointed at todays result, I thought that the Warriors were in with a good chance, maybe Elliott was trying some different combos.
Hopefully Knights do ok tonight. 


Oops , sorry Muppett, I didn't see the game thread...can you move these posts pls....apologies. 


Gee not a good start. But based on us in the last couple of the years the trials are no telling factor for the season to come, luckily. 


Ain't that the truth. 


Sounds good Cgreezy,

Some reasons for trials games not being a telling factor could include,
1) The coach has ten (is it?) interchanges to use up and therefore has to see how 23 players contribute to executing the plan and defence,
2) Coaches, especially new coaches, want to measure a players breath of skill by finding out how far from their preferred position they can be played (e.g. Taylor at Hooker) and still cope,
3) The result, as Knitey points out, is a huge limit on the amount of time you can spend using your best combinations effectively.

The Warriors real moment of truth will be the Eels round 1 game in three or so weeks. 


All good knitey ;) 

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