Real Fight Needed From Warriors

Source: Wayne Drought/AAP
They might have a new coach, but the Warriors need a new attitude as well. Source: Wayne Drought/AAP

Warriors v Bulldogs
Sunday, 13 April; 2.05pm (AEST)
Eden Park


Form guide:
Warriors: LWWLL
Bulldogs: WWLWL

Things you need to know:
New Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has rung the changes after his side's drubbing at Cronulla last week. Chad Townsend and Feleti Mateo cop the bullet for Thomas Leuluai and Sebastine Ikahihifo respectively, while Glen Fisiiahi is out with a shoulder problem and is replaced by Ngani Laumape. Chase Stanley, who was impressive against the Roosters before being forced off with a shoulder problem of his own, is replaced by Mitch Brown in the 17.

Reason to watch:
The Warriors are under the spotlight following Matthew Elliott's departure and new coach syndrome may well give them a much-needed kick up the rear end. They should be a match for any side at home but the Dogs are dogged away from home and will not be intimidated. Josh Reynolds v Shaun Johnson is a particularly exciting match up as well, while two of the meanest packs in the premiership are set to collide.

Reason to turn away:
The Warriors are littered with flair and skill but so far this season things have been a little disjointed and combinations are somewhat awkward. McFadden's tinkering is a gamble though and should it not pay off then the Bulldogs could spoil the party at Eden Park.

Say what:
"It's tough on Chad. He has been doing a good job but Thomas is key player for us. He's a leader and is ready to come back into the starting line-up. Feleti hasn't been going well and knows he needs to play his way back into form with our NSW Cup side. That means Seb starts and he deserves it after the work he has done so far this season." McFadden shows he won't be afraid to make changes.

Final word:
The Warriors hierarchy probably read more into their defeat at Cronulla than anyone with Elliott's sacking. Thus, the playing staff at the club will be hurting and itching to give a true account of themselves this week. With home advantage thrown in the mix this should be a close game, but the visitors are on a real role and showed against the Roosters that they beat anyone on their day. Expect them to sneak home again. Bulldogs by 6.

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