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Warriors keen to end finals drought

Posted on 08/01 by Joe Gann

Warriors keen to end finals drought
The Warriors are $4.00 to break a six-year finals drought

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2017 was another forlorn year at Mt Smart as the warriors contrived to make a mess of a season that had, as ever, promised so much at the outset.

Some of the substandard performances bordered on amateurish and considering the wealth of talent residing in the roster, the thirteenth place finish was bitterly disappointing for all concerned.

As we approach the new campaign, the optimism is there yet again but tempered by the failings of the previous six terms that have failed to yield finals football.
Again, the quality remains in abundance, with signings Tohu Harris, Adam Blair, Blake Green, Peta Hiku and Gerard Beale brought in to reinvigorate a squad that already possessed quality in abundance.

This recent recruitment drive now sees the Warriors boasting the lionís share of the New Zealand test team and the acquisitions have been made to strengthen the debilitating weaknesses in the squad. The addition of Green is a fine signing, with the intention being that the former Manly pivot can free Shaun Johnson to express himself fully and dominate proceedings on a more regular basis.

Despite the capture of Blair, the Warriors still appear to be short in the forward department and will need to finally address the problem of how they can get the balance of talent and game management right.

Defensive lapses were a significant flaw for the Warriors, and no matter how irresistible the attack could be at times, the soft underbelly of their defensive unit made a concerted attempt on breaking into the top-eight a fruitless pursuit. They will be hoping that 2018 is the year they break the cycle of underachievement and qualify for the knock-out stages for the first time since 2011.

The New Zealand Warriors are $4.00 to finish in the top eight and $10.00 to break into the top four.

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