Locke shines in winBEN ROGERS
It's always nice to end the weekend on a high note and thanks to the Warriors I did just that.
Yesterday the Warriors proved they can foot it with the best of them beating the Melbourne Storm 30-22.
Sure, the Storm have lost 5 of their last 6 and the origin period, as usual, has taken a massive toll on them but they were back from a well deserved week off with a full squad including the notorious three; Cronk, Slater, and Smith.
The Warriors were on the front foot from the get go, scoring the first two tries and making the Storm look pretty ordinary, it wasn't until Melbourne got some possession that our edge defence looked woeful and it became obvious that this wasn't going to be a walkover.
In saying that, the Warriors continued to take advantage of momentum whenever we had the ball and our attack was on fire.
Kevin Locke was outstanding, the man of the match in my opinion. His kick returns were deadly, and his giant leap into the air in the dying minutes ultimately won us the game. '
I imagine Coach Matt Elliot would have been pleased with the performance but the aforementioned edge defence needs to be sorted out asap. There have been improvements but sides like Melbourne will find a weakness and exploit it and if we manage to make the eight (which we will) we will need to be rock solid in that area.
The way Elliot is using Dominique Peyroux is great, as soon as he was slotted into right centre the assaults on that side of the field were dealt with and there was no longer a way through.
Next up we have the Sharks in a rare Saturday night home game. They looked strong yesterday against a struggling Penrith with players like Gordon and Carney finding some form. Captain Paul Gallen might see a return from the sidelines and we will have to be weary of the massive Andrew Fifita who is up there with the best props in the comp.
No game is easy, but if we keep doing what we are doing then we should come away with a win.