Sam Tomkins is starting to fire for the Warriors. Image courtesy of: AAP
Canterbury Bulldogs v New Zealand Warriors
Sunday May 18 – 2:05 PM (AEST)
What a match-up in New Zealand on Sunday; two teams coming off massive wins and starting to build some momentum. The New Zealand Warriors were superb against Raiders on Saturday night at Eden Park and the Canterbury Bulldogs won their 6th consecutive game, giving them the outright competition lead.
Sam Tomkins was superb on Saturday. In his best performance for the Warriors since joining the club at the start of the season, the Englishman proved he is worth every penny. Then Shaun Johnson stepped up. With the two attacking aces shifting between fullback and half-back, they simply tore apart the Raiders; running over 250 metres and scoring three tries between them. With that formula successful, why would you change anything? Coach Andrew McFadden has named an unchanged line-up, with only Charlie Gubb added to an extended bench.
The Doggies are destroying the competition. Winning seven of their opening nine games, not to mention the last six in a row, the boys from Bankstown have really clicked. It’s all about the three Josh’s at the moment. Josh Morris is a certainty for a sky blue jersey, Josh Reynolds has at least one hand on one, and Josh Jackson is a possible bolter for another. Add Tony Williams, and there's a real possibility a number of Doggies will be handed sky blue jumpers. Coach Des Hasler has also named an unchanged line-up heading into Sunday's clash, with Moses Mbye added to an extended bench.
If the Warriors can continue their recent form, this one will definitely make headlines. But the skill, strength and consistency of the Dogs makes them almost a sure thing.