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NZ Warriors vs St George Dragons live, New Zealand Warriors VS St. George Illawarra Dragons, NZ Warriors, St George Dragons live Penrith has not been a happy hunting ground for the Warriors over the years, with their last win at Pepper Stadium happening in 2012.
Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck had a tough match at the back, and admitted post game that trying to get the players into a good head space was difficult.
“It was tough mentally, trying to get the boys back into it, trying to forget about the quick tries and get back into what we’re doing,” the 23-year-old said.
“But [it was the] the same thing.
“It’s frustrating because we’re all out there saying the right things – we just couldn’t deliver on the actions.”
Meanwhile, Warriors head coach coach Stephen Kearny was understandably disappointed with the loss but told RadioLIVE’s Sunday Sport that fans should not judge the team based off that second half.
“We got ourselves out to a good lead in the first half but couldn’t extend the momentum in the second half,” said Kearney.
“We have made some real progress over the last month and to have that defined by 33 minutes of football is off.
The Warriors have been a team of two halves this season. In 10 matches they have scored 128 points in the first half, but have only scored 46 in the second.
Kearney admitted to Jim Kayes and John Day that the team is working on getting a balance right.
“It is up to me to find those answers.”
“We had a couple of games earlier on against Parramatta and Gold Coast where we did not start well but finished off well.
“It is making sure we get a balance of getting it right for eighty minutes.”
Warriors centre Solomone Kata hobbled off in the second half against the Panthers, but Kearney said he is a chance of being fit for the Warriors next match against the St George Illawarra Dragons at FMG Stadium in Hamilton.
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Spending time with the Kangaroos team has giant Melbourne Storm forward Jordan McLean itching to get his representative career started for real.
The 25-year-old was called into the Australian camp as 18th man for the recent Anzac Day Test against New Zealand.
McLean has been touted for a State of Origin debut with NSW in the opening match on May 31 and the hard-running prop said if he gets the call from Blues coach Laurie Daley he’ll be ready.
He said he learned a lot spending the week prior to the Test with the game’s best in Canberra.
“It was awesome; I was over the moon when I got the call-up,” McLean said.
“I got a lot of experience out of it with just the way they go about their business during the week.
“I think that experience definitely helps and a few of those boys already play in the NSW Origin team so getting to know them beforehand helps.”
Blues coach Laurie Daley is impressed with what the 196cm and 115kg McLean offers in terms of power and aggression while he’s also a fan of his high work-rate.
But there’s plenty of hot competition with a host of first-class props vying for NSW Origin spots, including Aaron Woods, David Klemmer, Andrew Fifita, Jake Trbojevic and Shannon Boyd
“I don’t know what’s going to happen but hopefully I’m thereabouts somewhere,” McLean said.
He hoped that another Storm forward in Dale Finucane could also join him in making his NSW Origin debut.
Friday’s first NRL 2017 Round 11 match is between New Zealand Warriors and St George Illawarra Dragons. The opening kick is set to commence at 18:00 local time with the game to be played at FMG Stadium Waikato. The home team New Zealand Warriors are the favourites for the match. View our preview and teams for the game between New Zealand Warriors and St George Illawarra Dragons.
After leading the competition at one stage last month, the Dragons have dropped to fifth on the ladder on the back of three straight defeats and a bad injury toll, but this clash in New Zealand against the erratic Warriors looms as an excellent chance for Paul McGregor’s side to get back on track.
The Dragons hold a dominant record over the Warriors, winning 20 of their 25 meetings and losing just once in their last 13 showdowns.
Despite going winless over the last three weeks, the Dragons have competed superbly, and they have only suffered close losses to competition powerhouses the Roosters, Storm and Sharks.
With Gareth Widdop and Josh Dugan missing with injury, the Dragons have perhaps lacked that killer edge in the attacking third, but they are still extremely hard to break down, which will certainly frustrate the Warriors.
The Warriors produced a sensational opening half to lead the Panthers 28-6 at halftime last week, but a catastrophic second half collapse saw the Warriors go scoreless, with Penrith fighting back to win 36-28.
Unfortunately, it speaks volumes to the Warriors’ inconsistency over the years that it wasn’t even really surprising. It’s what has held the Warriors back in recent seasons, and until they can put together 80-minute performances, they won’t be playing finals football.