War­riors to wres­tle with new Parra tac­tics

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

THE War­riors are pre­par­ing for some ‘‘ Mel­bourne-style wres­tle’’ when they open their 2011 NRL sea­son against a Par­ra­matta side al­ready show­ing the hallm a r k s o f c o a c h S t e p h e n Kear­ney’s hand­i­work.

Hav­ing al­ready had a taste of the new-look Eels af­ter the two sides met in a pre-sea­son match in Ro­torua last month, the War­riors claim Kear­ney has al­ready put his stamp on the club.

Nowhere was that more ev­i­dent than in the ruck, with War­riors skip­per Si­mon Man­ner­ing not­ing a more con­certed ef­fort in slow­ing down the play the ball in a sim­i­lar fash­ion to that of Mel­bourne – where Kear­ney spent five years as an as­sis­tant un­der Craig Bel­lamy.

‘‘ You saw it in the trial game,’’ Man­ner­ing said. ‘‘ They looked a pretty tidy out­fit and I’m sure he would have fine­tuned things a bit since then. ( There was) al­ways three in the tackle and a very good wres­tle, and it’s a key part of the games these days.

‘‘ It looks like he’s brought a lot of that to Par­ra­matta and I think it will make them a lot bet­ter team.’’

While the War­riors won the trial 24-4, Kiwi Test cen­tre Jerome Ropati wasn’t read­ing too much into the re­sult, with the Eels miss­ing star duo Natha n Hind­marsh a nd J a r r y d Hayne. The War­riors too were down on troops that day, but they en­ter the match at Eden Park as favourites af­ter adding some key pieces to last year’s side which bowed out in the sec­ond week of the fi­nals.

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