The Warriors keep on truckingBEN ROGERS
It has been a while since I have blogged, but it has been a crazy Origin period with byes and what-not but now that all the disruptions are over it's back to it!
I was lucky enough to be in Sydney for the last 5 days and managed to get along to watch Queensland win their eighth series in a row. I was even luckier to be at Leichardt Oval to watch the Warriors win an outstanding match over the Tigers!
After the first 20 minutes I was a bit worried, the Tigers were playing well and us Warriors supporters were copping a bit of flack on the famous Leichardt embankment.
Then Shaun Johnson took over. Leading the team across the park, he made the Tigers defence look sloppy and his pace and skill tore them apart.
It was great to see the boys come back from a slow start, it has been something we have struggled with but they never gave up and our second half display was awesome.
Some notable mentions for me would have to be Suaia Matagi; he has grabbed the bull by the horns and took his chance and in my opinion cemented a spot on the bench. His runs are barnstorming; I certainly wouldn't want to get in his way.
Simon Mannering led well and when he was popped into centre after the Fish left the field with an injury, he showed his worth. He had great pace to beat Chris Lawrence to the ball and score off a magic Shaun Johnson kick.
It was an awesome game to go to and a great experience, the small grounds really offer an atmosphere that is hard to match. I thought the Tigers supporters showed great respect when they gave Benji a standing ovation after the game and there wasn't a boo to be heard when he touched the ball.
The next few weeks are make or break for the Warriors and first up are a well rested Storm at Mt Smart on Sunday.
It will be a test, it always is against the boys from Melbourne, but we have a good record against them and with the way we are playing I think we can certainly get a win.
We are still two points out of the eight but it is a bit of a traffic jam on the ladder and keeping our form will be imperative to success.