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Legitimately feel for the Warriors and any NZ side. Not to go all Coronavirus politcal in here but it does seem like overkill forcing them to stay here.
Rob Loe has headed home from the Breakers which will leave them with a huge hole.

We (the Warriors) got by last year with some players thrown in, but without ever looking like finals contenders and it did seem to galvanise who was left, but if we lose early and the reality of RTS leaving sinks in, then it could be a long year.
 

phantom13

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Rob Loe has headed home from the Breakers which will leave them with a huge hole.

We (the Warriors) got by last year with some players thrown in, but without ever looking like finals contenders and it did seem to galvanise who was left, but if we lose early and the reality of RTS leaving sinks in, then it could be a long year.
AFL clubs did their quaratine hubs here but still moved around, it seems illogical that the warriors couldnt hub in NZ and have visiting teams hub as well.

I realise its not their decision and they are beholden to the NZ govt, also that logistically it would be an effort but it just seems extreme given how low the case numbers are now.
 

Aucklander

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AFL clubs did their quaratine hubs here but still moved around, it seems illogical that the warriors couldnt hub in NZ and have visiting teams hub as well.

I realise its not their decision and they are beholden to the NZ govt, also that logistically it would be an effort but it just seems extreme given how low the case numbers are now.
I'd like to think that at some stage in the future the Warriors are rewarded with75-85% of their games being played in NZ.
 

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Marzhew nabs hat-trick but Titans toppled by Bears

Walsh, Lodge, Pangai impress as Broncos draw trial with Wynnum
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Broncos props Matt Lodge and Tevita Pangai Junior returned to the game with a vengeance while young fullback Reece Walsh gave a glimpse of his huge potential as Brisbane drew with Wynnum Manly 22-22 at Kitchener Park.

Lodge and Pangai spent much of last season of the field but after a strong preseason both have returned to full fitness and were set on making a big impression in the opening trial game of 2021.

And they didn’t disappoint with a host of strong carries and tough defence in a big first half effort that laid the foundation for three slick Broncos tries in the opening half.

Winger Dale Copley scored in the left corner in the 5th minute after a lovely 15 metre cut out pass from fullback Reece Walsh.

Sadly it was the last action Copley would see as he was taken straight off after scoring, still feeling the effects of high contact to his throat in one of the first carries of the game.

Brisbane was in again when backrower Leivaha Pulu muscled his way over in the 10th minute off the back off a strong barnstorming Ethan Bullemor bust up the middle.

The by Walsh successful to make it 10-0 but Wynnum hit back in the 13th minute when fullback Selwyn Cobbo sliced through on the left edge to make it 10-4.

Winger Isaiah Tass extended the Broncos’ lead in the 26th minute when he picked up a nice short-side pass from Tyson Gamble to score in the left corner. Walsh slotted a lovely conversion from the touchline to make it 16-6.

Wynnum dragged it back to 16-10 with a fine individual try to Harrison Graham who produced two big left-foot steps to beat Albert Kelly and Pulu, before stretching out to score. Graham then converted his own try.

The Seagulls drew level with 15 minutes to go after winger Mathew Lyons showed some nice footwork after latching onto a cross kick and score out wide. Graham levelled up the contest with a successful kick from the left touchline.
Broncos Coach Kevin Walters put Lodge, Pangai, Bullemor and the slick Walsh back in for a final stint and it paid dividends with big meters made up the middle.

Bullemor crashed over with six minutes to go to regain the lead for the Broncos, the try converted by Josh James for a 22-16 lead.

But Wynnum hit back again when a kick pinballed into the midfield for centre Delouise Hoeter to pick up and score next to the posts.

In addition to Lodge, Pangai and Walsh, five eighth Tyson Gamble and hooker Kobe Hetherington bad strong games for the Broncos.

BRISBANE BRONCOS 22 (Tries: Copley, Pulu, Tass, Bullemor. Goals: Walsh 2, James) drew with Wynnum Manly Seagulls 22 (Tries: Cobbo, Graham, Lyons, Hoeter. Goals: Graham 3) at Kitchener Park, Wynnum.
 
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Every time I come on this thread I see his ugly mush! We don't want him. I thought he was settled in Australia, but is his marriage over now?
 

Aucklander

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Legitimately feel for the Warriors and any NZ side. Not to go all Coronavirus politcal in here but it does seem like overkill forcing them to stay here.
A huge blow for the Breakers. One team who knows how to win in Aus, but even this is getting too much for them.

 

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A huge blow for the Breakers. One team who knows how to win in Aus, but even this is getting too much for them.

1-6 now? Weird as it sounds you wouldn’t begrudge them packing it in and forfeiting the season. Not much point missing home and families for the extended season when they won’t make finals
 

Aucklander

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1-6 now? Weird as it sounds you wouldn’t begrudge them packing it in and forfeiting the season. Not much point missing home and families for the extended season when they won’t make finals
Another hiding last night in this NBL Cup thing they're having in Melbourne.

It will be interesting to see how the Warriors cope.
 

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