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.”