New Zealand Warriors 2019 NRL Season Preview & Analysis
A new halves pairing in New Zealand has the Warriors chances looking very unpredictable.
New Zealand Warriors
Finished in 2018: 8th (15 wins, 9 losses)
Key ins: Leeson Ah Mau (Dragons), Lachlan Burr (Bulldogs)
Key outs: Anthony Gelling (Widnes) Mason Lino & James Gavet (Knights) Shaun Johnson (Sharks), Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad (Raiders), Simon Mannering (Warriors)
Coach: Stephen Kearney
Captain(s): Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
Summary: The Warriors face the reality of having a carousel at halfback this season. With Blake Green as their only established half, the Warriors have floated the idea of doing a Halfback by committee, similar to how Melbourne managed Cronk’s departure in 2018. The Warriors had a great recipe for success in 2018. Second-phase play and set completions were their identities but their forwards were the difference between a good showing and a poor performance. If the Warriors forwards can’t get the better of the opposing forward pack, Isaac Luke, Blake Green, and RTS won’t be able to have the space to operate effectively. It would be a surprise to see this team making the Top 8.
Key stat: The Warriors ranked #2 in offloads and #4 in set completion in 2018.
Round 1: Warriors v Bulldogs
Saturday, 16 March, 4:00 PM – Mt Smart Stadium
|New Zealand Warriors – $1.55*|
|Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs – $2.75*|
Best Dally M Chance: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
*Prices correct at time of publishing