AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 17: Blake Green of the Warriors looks on during the round two NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium on March 17, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Wooden spoon contenders to now staring down the barrel of a finals appearance for the first time in over six years.

It’s only a month into the season, but the Vodafone Warriors are already setting the benchmark for the competition.

Undefeated, the batch of Kiwis are almost a new team in contrast to previous years.

Whilst on-field results are convincing, the culture that Stephen Kearny has created is even more impressive.

For the first time in what feels like years, each player in the team knew their role, and they executed it brilliantly. Scrambled defence, and blistering attack, they might have the full package to go all the way this season.

Against the premiership heavyweights in the Sydney Roosters, and without the mastermind of Shaun Johnson, the Warriors thumped the inform chooks 30-6.

Utility Mason Lino would give Kearny a healthy selection headache, after setting up several four-pointers and converting every conversion.

They have sent a hell of a warning sign to the rest of the fifteen teams, and hope to be consistent with their form into the origin period.

Coach Stephen Kearney centers the success on recruit Blake Green, claiming his ‘calmness’ has set the platform for the team.

“He’s got a real calming influence, he’s made a wonderful contribution to our footy club and he’ll continue to do so, he’s a footballer and a real pride about he goes about his business” Kearny said in the post-match press conference.

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If the Warriors can continue their form, well then perhaps you can’t rule out the glorious possibility of a Grand Final date on the first Sunday of October.


    • I think if they were to give green a shot, which I think he deserves and they should, his calmness and organising might help say Pearce with his running game. We don’t have any halfbacks really other then Pearce, but he needs no pressure on him and that’s what green could provide. IMO

    • Thank God for the Easter break. I went away over the long weekend to an isolated region of NSW and did not get to watch any footy from the choking chooks. However It is pleasing to see underdog teams doing so good this season and this weekend. Wests must be the surprise packet of the season with the Warriors brilliant start a close second. Cowboys, Roosters, Broncos and Storm all getting thrashed has this comp right up there with the most even comp I can ever remember.

  1. However I am concerned about how referees in the past have been able to swing games with dodgy penalties and this season has just confirmed to me that the alarming amount of penalties each week just gives the refs all the opportunities in the world now to orchestrate games how ever they see fit. Not since Greg Hartley how he changed matches and made teams win when they should not have do we see this happening again, with 4 or 5 refs this season turning into Greg Hartley’s.

  2. They are the real deal if they keep Johnson out.

    Mason Lino played a far far more constructive game than Johnson does.

    You only have to look at Brisbane to see what happens when you put your eggs in the running halfback basket.

  3. Yeah the Warriors the Real Deal Holyfileld! and have the next 5 /6 games at home……
    if we and the Dragons can go undefeated until we meet in RD 7 what a blockbuster that would be !

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