Vodafone Warriors 'the real deal'

Looking for a fifth straight win ... playmaker Thomas Leuluai and his Vodafone Warriors team-mates are setting themselves for their second battle against Brisbane in the space of four weeks. Photo: Photosport.


Former Vodafone Warrior Greg Alexander says he likes the clubs chances of making it to the NRL finals this season.


Writing in last weeks issue of Big League, the Fox Sports commentator said: Of all the teams outside the top eight at the moment, I think the Warriors are the side that has the ability to make the finals series and thats based purely on the talent in their team, not their winning streak.


Confidence is a wonderful thing and, after four wins, they have to be feeling fairly good about themselves. If you go through the Warriors season game by game youll find they were blown out in just three of their eight losses.


After discussing the close contests against North Queensland, South Sydney, Canberra, Melbounre, Gold Coast and the Bulldogs, Alexander says of the loss to Penrith: To me, that game was an irregularity when you consider the games leading up to it.


Alexander says the turnaround in form of so many of the Warriors personnel has convinced him the team is well-positioned to push on through the rest of the season.


A few weeks ago I wasnt convinced the top eight would change but now I reckon the Warriors are the real deal.


The Vodafone Warriors moved up to 14 points with the first of their two byes this weekend.


While they remain 12th going into next weeks round of matches, they have improved in terms of staying in contact with the top eight with the teams filling sixth, seventh and eighth only two points ahead on 16. Two of them Canterbury-Bankstown and Canberra lost this weekend while Gold Coast (sixth) meets Melbourne in the final match of the round on Monday night. A win to the Storm would leave sevens team filling sixth to 12th on the ladder with just two points separating them.


On Sunday the Vodafone Warriors resume their campaign having picked up 10 competition points in the past five weeks. They face Brisbane lying just one place above them, one of the four teams on 14 points.


The match is again the final leg of another Mount Smart Stadium tripleheader (4.05pm kick-off; match day sponsor: Herald on Sunday). The Vulcans meet Cronulla in the New South Wales Cup (11.50am) and the Vodafone Junior Warriors face the Broncos in the NYC (1.45pm).


Success in the NRL contest would give the Vodafone Warriors their first run of five wins on end since 2011 and improve their record to 7-8 on the win-loss ledger.


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