Warriors Prop Addin Fonua-Blake talks about his move to the Warriors. Video / Provided
Defeated New Zealand’s Warriors will likely be without the services of star buffer Addin Fonua-Blake on Friday when they take on the Manly Sea Eagles.
The Warriors’ off-season marquee signing limped off with an unspecified knee injury in the 14th minute as the team lost 32-12 to the Roosters on Sunday night and coach Nathan Brown is not optimistic about his chances of making it onto the pitch. again in five days.
“Very unlikely in a short turnaround,” said Brown. “I don’t know how things are going, have to hope it’s only minor and he doesn’t lose too much. We’ve got some people injured.”
Not only will Fonua-Blake’s loss deny the Warriors some important momentum going forward – his ability to collect the post-contact meter and get the ball off the top shelf – it also denies league fans the chance to see the big man’s first game with his. old club since signing with the Warriors.
The move appears to be a wise move by Fonua-Blake with the Sea Eagles languishing at the bottom of the ladder, winless after four games and averaging just 8.5 points per game.
The fact that Manly’s side also suffered their worst home defeat in history – a 46-6 loss at the hands of Penrith Panthers – and facing fresh injuries to Morgan Boyle and Moses Suli means the Warriors’ job is somewhat easier, but also nothing worse than stumbling against a team that is different. definitely determined to get back up.
Warriors coach Nathan Brown said he was generally satisfied with the team’s performance during the first month of the season but knows the learning curve remains steep.
“We’ve had four games, two good wins and two defeats,” said Brown following the defeat to the Roosters. “It was a very tight match against the Knights, maybe 50-50, but today we were beaten by a good team. They clearly showed that we have some work to do to get where we want to be.”
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck reacts during the Warriors’ defeat to the Roosters. Photos / Photosport
Rooster 32 Soldier 12
Warriors coach Nathan Brown has spoken a lot about the lessons this season, and one that is important.
His team was competitive for a long time against the depleted Roosters, but were still on the wrong side with the score 32-12 on Sunday night.
After Canberra’s heightened magic, it’s a jolt back to reality.
There were significant defensive problems, as they conceded six attempts, and could have let in a few more times, but for some desperate defenses.
It wasn’t all bad – as the Warriors took a 12-4 lead midway through the first half – before the Roosters then pulled off 28 unanswered points.
Under Trent Robinson they rose to fame for their iron curtain defense, and that’s a clear difference in a game where both sides lose a lot of balls.
As well as impressive scrambling, the Sydney team were also aggressive in their line pace and gradually beat the Warriors, who were torpedoed by many faults on their own part.
The Warriors acknowledged some relatively gentle trials, which would have made the review uncomfortable.
They also missed Addin Fonua-Blake’s presence, with the marquee prop teetering with an unspecified knee injury in the 14th minute.
The Roosters have been badly affected by injuries this season, but the creative use of paychecks over the past few years means they still have an impressive roster.
They have 10 internationals in action, including Jared Waerea-Hargreaves as an impact option off the bench.
The Warriors enjoyed a solid start, amidst a frenetic start to the match.
They opened the scoring in the seventh minute, after Adam Pompey picked up a Kodi Nikorima bomb. It was a favorable touch – as the ball ricocheted off Joseph Manu’s shoulder – but only as a reward for the flat, fast ball of the previous set.
The Warriors could have been superior, but Nikorima lost the ball a few yards from the line, after Roger Tuivasa-Sheck broke through.
The tackle by Brett Morris was crucial, as James Tedesco crossed over a minute later, escaping after isolating Wayde Egan in the defensive line.
After some sustained pressure, the Warriors’ second attempt came via an unusual route, with Tohu Harris first being tackled by Tuivasa-Sheck near the right in the 21st minute.
But the Roosters responded, with two sets of reps after a cheap turnover ended with Nat Butcher falling off Sam Walker pass.
If it hurts, the next Cock’s try is even more painful. Talented possession by a rare Tuivasa-Sheck error, Brett Morris was somehow caught in the corner.
The Warriors were a touch of luck moments later, as Angus Crichton’s attempt scraped off for a marginal hurdle. There was more parity after the break, and the Warriors did well to force consecutive goalless drop-outs but took the wrong options and the Roosters held on.
It was frustrating to see, with their biggest threat Ben Murdoch-Masila not being exploited at all with the starting ball during those four sets.
The extravagance was punished, as the Roosters plowed the field before Brett Morris sniped over from a half-dummy in the 53rd minute.
If it felt like a deadly blow, as the Warriors had dominated possession in the second half until then, the final nail minutes later, with a Tuivasa-Sheck error of its own, from an ambitious Bayley Sironen pass, allowed Drew Hutchison to run under the post. .
Another miraculous recovery never looked possible, with so much gasoline running out in the first half, even though Ken Maumalo came close, with his hand hitting the sidelines as he landed in the corner, before late Josh Morris tried to freeze the win for Rooster.
Rooster 32 (B Morris 2, J Tedesco, N Butcher, D Hutchison, J Morris tries; S Taukeiaho 3 goals, S Walker goal) Soldier 12 (A Pompey, T Harris tries; K Nikorima 2 goals) HT: 16-12
The Warriors take a stunning victory over the Raiders. Photos / Photosport
Soldier 34 Robber 31
Maybe, just maybe, something is developing for the Warriors in 2021.
It was an inexorable feeling after their unlikely 34-31 win against the Raiders on Saturday, where they teetered in a massive 25-6 first-half deficit.
It’s too early to get carried away, and too early to speak of turning points, but these are the kind of victories that build immeasurable confidence and excitement.
Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck capped a heroic display with Jordan Rapana’s save effort with nine seconds remaining, jabbing the ball freely as the Raiders winger looked set to score.
The Warriors appeared to have closed the game with Adam Pompey’s 77th minute attempt, but they couldn’t tame the Raiders’ subsequent short strike, setting up a dramatic final set for the home side.
It was the biggest revival in Warriors history, as they scored five second-half attempts, four of them in the last 29 minutes, to capitalize on a 21-point deficit at 31-10.
Their previous best was against Newcastle in 2005, when they came from 20-0 down to win 30-26.
There were significant mitigating circumstances on Saturday, as the Raiders lost three forwards in the first 12 minutes (one injury and two concussions), which plagued them greatly in the second half, while midfielder Curtis Scott was the passenger with a rib injury in the second half. last quarter.
Canberra displayed great courage in the situation, with almost no substitutes on the bench, and neither did the Warriors, with their confidence to remain confident, especially when they trailed 31-10 with less than 30 minutes to play.
They were a lucky touch, with one attempt coming from a clear forward pass, but the Warriors have endured a tough official call-up over the last two or three seasons.
It can be the kind of performance that benchmarks, a ‘remember-when’ call for the rest of the season. It also puts a different hue to their upcoming matches.
Tuivasa-Sheck was outstanding, while midfielder Sean O’Sullivan impressed on the Warriors debut and Nikorima was brilliant in the second half, on the back of a strong attacking effort.
The Warriors make the best start. After picking up a set of reps, O’Sullivan and Eliesa Katoa’s gentle hands put Addin Fonua-Blake in his 100th NRL game.
The muggers locked Joseph Tapine off the pitch soon after with an ankle injury, before two of his teammates suffered concussions after a brutal head clash.
Despite being understaffed, the Raiders responded, with Jack Wighton controlling Nikorima from close range.
They started the Raiders’ blitzkrieg, with three attempts in eleven minutes. Ryan Sutton and Sia Soliolia both benefited from Josh Hodgson’s ruse, while George Williams dodged static defense for a gentle experiment.
Nikorima scored a superb individual attempt right after halftime, tackling twice, but hopes of a comeback appeared to be extinguished after Elliott Whitehead finished off the Raiders’ move from within their own half in the 47th minute, to push the deficit to 21.
Bayley Sironen’s attempt – after Ben Murdoch-Masila broke his serve – raised hope again, as the unmanned Raiders began to tire.
Murdoch-Masila then crossed in a very controversial situation, as a pass from Nikorima appeared to be just a meter ahead.
The Raiders came to a halt and the Warriors kept arriving.
Tohu Harris pulled off a brilliant tackle to feed Tuivasa-Sheck, as the Warriors closed the score to 31-28 with 10 minutes remaining.
The captain’s dubious final challenge in favor of the Raiders looked set to be a flash point, but the Warriors didn’t bow their heads, with Pompey slashing down on the left to finish off an impressive march on the pitch and mark wild celebrations.
That Golden State Warriors has sent scouts to Australia to monitor Justinian Jessup’s progress, league sources told ESPN.
Jessup, picked up by the Warriors with a 51st overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, saved with the NBL’s Illawarra Hawks for the 2021 season and has impressed franchise executives to the point where they decided to keep a closer eye on his progress. .
While in Australia, the scouts – currently in mandatory hotel quarantine, sources said – will also carry out routine duties of their job, evaluating talent across the NBL. He will only be allowed to attend Hawks practice which will be open to all scouts, per NBA guidelines.
Jessup, the 6’7 wing, was part of the NBL’s Next Stars program, and averaged 14.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game for Hawks Brian Goorjian, who currently sits at an 8- record. 6.
Jessup is widely regarded as one of the best shooters on the NBL, hitting from behind the three-point line with a 46.8 percent clip.
The move from the Warriors was not entirely unprecedented for an NBA team. That New Orleans Pelicans has an Australian based talent scout working with Didi Louzada, who was recruited by the franchise in 2019 with an overall selection of 35th. Louzada is also the Next Star, and is in the middle of his second season with the Sydney Kings.
Raiders … Warriors lure Canberra and other NRL clubs across the trench. Photos / Photosport
The Warriors have made plans to flood New Zealand with their NRL game by 2022, and several Australian clubs are supporting the move.
Warriors chief executive Cameron George plans to buy home games from their NRL opponents and play them across the country.
The club is stranded in Australia for a second season due to a Covid-19 travel ban. Their 2021 campaign will not return to the Mt Smart Stadium as early as 21 June, having played all of their matches in Australia in 2020.
They will seek compensation from the NRL but be proactive about starting the game here in 2022, planning to spend more than $ 2.5 million on home game rights from opponents.
George pointed out to the Herald-Sun that several opponents were willing to play football, and he has contacted investors to support the scheme. The NRL club is reported to be making around $ 250,000 per home game.
“I have started discussing with certain NRL clubs whether they will consider selling us their home games to come to New Zealand next year,” he said.
“I’m trying to build a portfolio of games to play in New Zealand next year and get as much as we can to play there.
“For example, instead of playing the likes of Raiders in Canberra, I would buy the game from them and take them to Wellington or Christchurch.
“We are playing 10 home games next year, plus the Magic Round in Brisbane. I want to buy as many away games as possible from clubs based in Australia and play at least 16 NRL games here. We will like up to 20 games.”
He also asked the NRL to schedule as many matches as possible at the prime kickoff venue at 8pm Friday.
“(It) gave the game a really good launch pad – it’s about relaunching the game in New Zealand, not just the Warriors,” said George.
“The way to do that is to play as many games as we can in New Zealand.”
Under the scheme, the NRL will pay for the Australian team’s travels, not the Warriors’ fees.
George said that because the Warriors paid a high price to keep the NRL afloat during the pandemic, rival clubs have shown a willingness to be part of a scheme to “spread the gospel” … at the right price.
The club is down about $ 300,000 per lost home game, and George says that has affected membership.
“We will knock on the door of the NRL at a certain stage,” he said.
“This really has an impact on our financial position in the short, medium and long term.”