The Warriors becoming the first team in the NRL to keep the Gold Coast Titans scoreless is all well in good, but don’t pin too much hope on this team going very far should they make the finals.
Lets be completely honest here, in this victory this afternoon, the Warriors played a team that have only won two out of the last fourteen games in the premiership. The Titans were always going to be a relatively easy win.
The performance last week against a proper title contending side in the form of the Roosters said all that needed to be said. The Warriors in the last couple of weeks have imploded from being a finals certainty to a team which may just scrape into the playoffs, with the typical math and “lets hope other results go our way” hoedown which seems to be a talking point each season for this talented but always failing Warriors franchise.
In the first half today, the Warriors were near flawless. But the second half left a lot to be desired, and the Warriors potentially even made the Titans look somewhat decent, which in reality, they really weren’t. The Warriors only scored a single try in the second half, compared to the many in the first.
The victory today will effectively mean nothing if the Warriors lose to Penrith next week.
Should they beat the Panthers, and hopefully for a kiwi perspective they do, are the Warriors really a side that is going to go past one or two matches in the finals series?
Maybe three weeks ago you would think yes, but make no mistake about it, the Warriors are a team who have disappointed time and time again.
In the two grand finals the Warriors have made, they imploded on both occasions.
The 2014 version is a different side, weaker in some aspects but stronger and others. Players like Johnson, Vatuvei, Tomkins, and Hurrell are capable of winning you those finals footy games, but when you look at the form teams that the Roosters in particular are in, it is hard to see the Warriors making it to ANZ Stadium for grand final day in a months time.
At the start of the season the Warriors were a franchise in complete disarray, there was the drama with the management, but when the new coach Andrew McFadden came onboard things changed almost overnight.
Up until the recent downfall, McFadden would have been proud of his men.
But many Warriors fans should be hesitant to be too positive about what a potential victory against the Panthers next weekend could do.
Sure it could mean a place in the finals, but not much more than that.
A 42 – 0 thumping of a terrible Titans side that hasn’t done anything in the premiership this year is not anything to get on the bandwagon for, and it would be wise to stay as pessimistic as possible for at least the next couple of weeks.
The Warriors are not a premiership winning side, and history will repeat itself in the coming weeks. Wether it happens in the form of a defeat to the Panthers or in the first week of the finals remains to be seen.