Out of my league
Any chance the Warriors had of playing finals footy were destroyed on Saturday night after a dismal showing against the St George Dragons.
We may as well have not shown up.
The Dragons weren't great but we were worse and what resulted was an average game showcasing two very average teams. If anyone watched the game the night before between the Rabbits and Roosters you would know the gulf between the top and bottom sides is enormous.
Tries were scored by Elijah Taylor and Manu Vatuvei, two Warriors that have played well this year. Manu has been a shining light this season, sure he still makes the odd error but he has found his mojo again showing great pace and producing big metres in most games.
Elijah Taylor is a huge loss and a massive gain for Penrith. We should have given them Todd Lowrie.... for free.
The Warriors' final hopes are hanging by a thread despite a 50 -16 win over the Canberra Raiders.
After a shaky start the Warriors ran in nine tries including two hat-tricks to Manu Vatuvei and Shaun Johnson.
It was a strong game against a struggling and obviously distracted Raiders outfit. The off-field dramas have definitely taken their toll.
We won't mention the Shaun Johnson offload brain explosion..... oops I just did, but he redeemed himself with some brilliant individual tries.
Manu was exceptional and the extra name Eva on his wrist band obviously inspired him to play out of his skin.
The Warriors managed to keep their finals hopes alive at the weekend beating the Gold Coat Titans 24-22 in a nail biter.
After a slow start we managed to bounce back and finish on top despite being behind at half time.
It was nice to see Jerome Ropati back in action and bagging a couple of tries.
So where to from here?
Obviously we have to win our next two games against the Raiders and Dragons. The Raiders don't travel well and with all the controversy going on in their club at the moment the Warriors should easily grab the two points. The Dragons just lost to the Tigers so that should be another easy two and they have no chance of making the eight. That being said, no game is easy in the NRL.
The Warriors have once again managed to succumb to the pressure and falter in the back end of the season.
A month ago they were being touted as the team that no one would want to meet in the finals but in a few short weeks they have thrown away all the good work they did. It seems all but impossible that they will make the top eight.
I didn't catch the game yesterday but by all accounts the boys lacked intensity and let Penrith dominate the middle stages of the game.
Once again our edge defence was targeted and it leaked 22 unanswered points after being up 12-0.
Every season we have the worst edge defence in the competition and nothing is ever done about it.
The Warriors sure do like to make their fans sweat and their lacklustre performance against the Sea Eagles on Sunday well and truly put an end to their run of good form.
After last weeks hiccup against the sharks the warriors needed to bounce back to continue their run to the top eight, but it was always going to be hard to beat a manly outfit who are starting to look like genuine title contenders,
The first half saw us with only 40% of the ball but we still managed to keep manly to two tries and we went into the break only four points behind.
The second half seemed flat. We managed one try thanks to some Shaun Johnson magic but overall the team's performance was below par.
Todd lowrie blew a golden opportunity by passing it to a Manly player right on the try line, Manu seemed to be trying too hard and made silly errors, although his first half try assist was brilliant.
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