Year In Review 2017: New Zealand Warriors

For a team who had not featured in finals since 2011, 2017 was not much better. The team like years previous were hot favourites to win the Auckland Nines, but managed to fall short yet again. This season marked the longest drought in NRL history for a team not featuring the in the finals where on paper, the team isn't half bad.

They had one of the strongest spines in;

1: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, 
6: Kieran Foran
7: Shaun Johnson
9: Issac Luke

At the start of the season, things were looking up, they had a key signing of Foran join the team as well as a new coach in Stephan Kearney who was expected to replicate his success he had with the New Zealand Kiwis, however injuries plagued Foran for most of the season before announcing that he would be departing at seasons end to join the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs. But things did not seem so bad for a while there, they were winning a few games here and there and just as they were starting to find some form and started to need to win a few big games to keep finals hope alive they lost Shaun Johnson in Round 19.

In my opinion this killed all momentum they had which resulted in their season falling apart. 

But not all things were bad, over the season they picked up victories over Top 4 teams in, The Parramatta Eels, Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters.

For 2018 the club had managed to land a big signing in Storm Back Rower Tohu Harris. Over the past few seasons Harris has been both the Storm's and Kiwis best players. But in doing so ended up losing Foran and Ryan Hoffman who is departing to return back to Melbourne. 

My Prediction? Well it all depends on which Warriors team turns up next year. They have one of the most inconsistent forward packs in the game, and in this day and age "Forwards Win Matches". Until the Warriors can sort out this issue to help the backs get a go forward I still have the Warriors falling inside the bottom 4.



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