1998 Auckland Warriors season

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1998 Auckland Warriors season
NRL Rank 15th
1998 record Wins: 7; Draws: 0; Losses: 5
Points scored For: 233; Against: 243
Team information
CEO Bill MacGowan
Coach Frank Endacott
Captain
Stadium Ericsson Stadium
Avg. Attend. 8,858
Top scorers
Tries Nigel Vagana (13)
Goals Matthew Ridge (51)
Points Matthew Ridge (110)
1997 1999 >

The Auckland Warriors 1998 season was the Auckland Warriors 4th first-grade season. The club competed in Australasia's National Rugby League. The coach of the team was Frank Endacott while Matthew Ridge was the club's captain.

Milestones[edit]

  • 10 April - Round 5: Joe Vagana plays his 50th match for the club.
  • 19 April - Round 6: Syd Eru plays his 50th match for the club.

Jersey & Sponsors[edit]

New Zealand home jersey 1997.svg

For 1998 the Warriors again used a similar style of jersey, produced by Nike, Inc. DB Bitter remained the major sponsor while Bartercard joined as the sleeve sponsor.[1]

Fixtures[edit]

The Warriors used Ericsson Stadium as their home ground in 1997, their only home ground since they entered the competition in 1995.

Pre-season trials[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
13 February Trial 1 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Lost 22-26 [2]
22 February Trial 2 Canterbury colours.svg Auckland selection Carlaw Park, Auckland Win 22-4 [3]
28 February Trial 3 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Queen Elizabeth II Park, Christchurch Win 20-8 Ngamu, Eru, N.Vagana Ngamu (4) [4][5]

Regular Season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
13 March Round 1 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Loss 18-24 Ngamu, Kearney Ngamu (5) 9,500 [6]
21 March Round 2 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle Loss 4-33 Hoppe 23,503 [7]
27 March Round 3 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney City Roosters Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 25-14 Hoppe, Jones, Seuseu, N.Vagana Ridge (4), Ngamu (FG) 9,000 [8]
4 April Round 4 St. George colours.svg St. George Dragons Oki Jubilee Stadium, Sydney Loss 24-28 N.Vagana (2), Ropati, Smith Ridge (4) 10,003 [9]
10 April Round 5 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 16-12 Hoppe, Jones, Tatupu Ridge (2) 14,503 [10]
19 April Round 6 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney Bears North Sydney Oval, Sydney Loss 26-44 Jones, Lauitiiti, Tatupu, N.Vagana Ridge (5) 10,945 [11]
26 April Round 7 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Loss 14-38 Ropati, N.Vagana Ridge (3) 7,500 [12]
2 May Round 8 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney City Roosters Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Loss 4-22 Oudenryn 5,308 [13]
8 May Round 9 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Loss 8-20 Ropati Ridge (2) 7,500 [14]
16 May Round 10 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Belmore Sports Ground, Sydney Win 20-6 Jones, Oudenryn, A.Swann Ridge (4) 5,224 [15]
24 May Round 11 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 25-14 Hoppe (2), N.Vagana (2) Ridge (4), Whittaker (FG) 8,000 [16]
30 May Round 12 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium, Sydney Loss 6-14 Kearney Whittaker (1) 13,218 [17]
7 June Round 13 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 15-14 Ngamu, Whittaker Ngamu (3 & FG) 7,000 [18]
13 June Round 14 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs Magpies Campbelltown Sports Ground, Sydney Loss 16-18 Jones, Oudenryn, Jones Ngamu (2) 5,933 [19]
21 June Round 15 St. George colours.svg St. George Dragons Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 31-14 Eru, Jones, Kearney, Ropati, L.Swann Ngamu (5 & FG) 8,300 [20]
27 June Round 16 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Olympic Park Stadium, Melbourne Win 24-21 Eru, Galuvao, Ngamu, Tatupu Ngamu (4) 13,127 [21]
4 July Round 17 Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra Steelers Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Loss 17-14 Eur, Kearney, J.Vagana Jones (1) 12,500 [22]
11 July Round 18 Gold Coast Chargers colours.svg Gold Coast Chargers Carrara Stadium, Gold Coast Loss 18-31 Endacott, Eru, Staladi Ridge (3) 5,490 [23]
17 July Round 19 Balmain colours.svg Balmain Tigers Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 21-20 Ridge, Tatupu, N.Vagana Ridge (4), Jones (FG) 6,000 [24]
26 July Round 20 Adelaide colours.svg Adelaide Rams Hindmarsh Stadium, Adelaide Loss 20-22 Ridge, N.Vagana, J.Vagana Ridge (4) 7,445 [25]
31 July Round 21 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Win 34-18 N.Vagana (3), Iro (2), Staladi Ridge (5) 4,500 [26]
9 August Round 22 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Loss 18-20 Lauitiiti (2), Seuseu Ridge (3) 3,733 [27]
16 August Round 23 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos ANZ Stadium, Brisbane Loss 4-16 Ridge (2) 16,456 [28]
23 August Round 24 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles Ericsson Stadium, Auckland Loss 12-38 Kearney, Lauitiiti Ridge (2) 12,000 [29]

Kiwi Trial matches[edit]

After the National Rugby League season had finished the Warriors played in two trial matches against a New Zealand XIII. These matches acted as a trial for the New Zealand Kiwis before the October test against Australia and the tour of Great Britain.

Date Opponent Venue Result Score Report
17 September New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand XIII Rugby Park, New Plymouth Win 66-4 [30][31][32]
23 September New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg New Zealand XIII Carlaw Park, Auckland Win 60-16 [33]

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 18 1 5 688 310 +378 37
2 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 18 1 5 562 381 +181 37
3 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 17 1 6 546 372 +174 35
4 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 17 1 6 468 349 +119 35
5 North Sydney colours.svg North Sydney 24 17 0 7 663 367 +296 34
6 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney City 24 16 0 8 680 383 +297 32
7 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 15 0 9 564 429 +135 30
8 St. George colours.svg St. George 24 13 1 10 486 490 -4 27
9 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury 24 13 0 11 489 411 +78 26
10 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 24 13 0 11 503 473 +30 26
11 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 24 12 1 11 438 387 +51 25
12 Illawarra colours.svg Illawarra 24 11 1 12 476 539 -63 23
13 Balmain colours.svg Balmain 24 9 1 14 381 463 -82 19
14 Panthers colours.svg Penrith 24 8 2 14 525 580 -55 18
15 Auckland colours.svg Auckland 24 9 0 15 417 518 -101 18
16 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 9 0 15 361 556 -195 18
17 Adelaide colours.svg Adelaide 24 7 0 17 393 615 -222 14
18 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 5 0 19 339 560 -221 10
19 Gold Coast 24 4 0 20 289 654 -365 8
20 Western Suburbs colours.svg Western Suburbs 24 4 0 20 371 802 -431 8

Squad[edit]

Twenty nine players were used by the club in 1998, including four players who made their first grade debuts.

No. Name Nationality Position Warriors Debut App T G FG Pts
3 Hoppe, SeanSean Hoppe New Zealand WG 10 March 1995 15 5 0 0 20
6 Ngamu, GeneGene Ngamu New Zealand FE 10 March 1995 17 3 19 3 53
11 Kearney, StephenStephen Kearney New Zealand SR 10 March 1995 21 5 0 0 20
12 Tatupu, TonyTony Tatupu New Zealand SR 10 March 1995 19 4 0 0 16
13 Tuimavave, TonyTony Tuimavave New Zealand PR / LK 10 March 1995 9 0 0 0 0
15 Ropati, TeaTea Ropati New Zealand CE / FE 10 March 1995 15 4 0 0 16
18 Vagana, JoeJoe Vagana New Zealand PR 18 March 1995 22 2 0 0 8
19 Eru, SydSyd Eru New Zealand HK 28 March 1995 13 4 0 0 16
24 Jones, StaceyStacey Jones New Zealand HB 23 April 1995 24 6 1 1 27
29 Ellis, MarcMarc Ellis New Zealand FB / WG 31 March 1996 2 0 0 0 0
32 Vagana, NigelNigel Vagana New Zealand CE 4 April 1996 23 13 0 0 52
33 Guttenbeil, AwenAwen Guttenbeil New Zealand SR 14 April 1996 10 0 0 0 0
36 Swann, AnthonyAnthony Swann New Zealand CE 23 June 1996 9 1 0 0 4
37 Malam, BradyBrady Malam New Zealand PR 23 June 1996 24 0 0 0 0
38 Henare, BryanBryan Henare New Zealand SR 23 July 1996 1 0 0 0 0
40 Ridge, MatthewMatthew Ridge New Zealand FB 1 March 1997 18 2 51 0 110
42 Swann, LoganLogan Swann New Zealand SR 1 March 1997 24 1 0 0 4
44 Endacott, ShaneShane Endacott New Zealand FE 29 March 1997 17 1 0 0 4
45 Staladi, PaulPaul Staladi New Zealand WG 27 April 1997 11 2 0 0 8
47 Oudenryn, LeeLee Oudenryn Australia WG 6 July 1997 20 3 0 0 12
48 Whittaker, AaronAaron Whittaker New Zealand HB 29 June 1997 7 1 1 1 7
50 Seu Seu, JerryJerry Seu Seu New Zealand PR 16 August 1997 17 2 0 0 8
51 Iro, KevinKevin Iro New Zealand CE 13 March 1998 16 2 0 0 8
52 Pongia, QuentinQuentin Pongia New Zealand PR 13 March 1998 18 0 0 0 0
53 Smith, TyranTyran Smith New Zealand SR 13 March 1998 10 1 0 0 4
54 Clarke, ZaneZane Clarke Cook Islands HK 13 March 1998 5 0 0 0 0
55 Lauitiiti, AliAli Lauitiiti New Zealand SR 19 April 1998 8 4 0 0 16
56 Galuvao, JoeJoe Galuvao New Zealand FB / CE 2 May 1998 11 1 0 0 4
57 Watene, FrankFrank Watene New Zealand PR 23 August 1998 1 0 0 0 0

Staff[edit]

  • Chief Executive Officer: Bill MacGowan

Coaching Staff[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Gains[edit]

Player Previous Club Length Notes
Tatupu, TonyTony Tatupu Warrington Wolves Warrior 1995-1996
Vagana, NigelNigel Vagana Warrington Wolves Warrior 1996
Iro, KevinKevin Iro Hunter Mariners
Pongia, QuentinQuentin Pongia Canberra Raiders
Smith, TyranTyran Smith North Queensland Cowboys

Losses[edit]

Player Club Notes
Lester, AaronAaron Lester Whitehaven
Blake, PhilPhil Blake Retired
Okesene, HitroHitro Okesene Wigan Warriors
Betts, DenisDenis Betts Wigan Warriors
Horo, MarkMark Horo Retired
Ropati, IvaIva Ropati Retired
Young, GrantGrant Young London Broncos
Buckingham, SteveSteve Buckingham Mount Albert Lions
Noovao, MetiMeti Noovao Adelaide Rams

Mid-Season Losses[edit]

Player Club Notes
Ellis, MarcMarc Ellis North Harbour Rugby Union [1]

Other Teams[edit]

Due to the axing of the Reserve grade competition the Auckland Warriors reserve team played in a series of matches against New Zealand Provincial sides.[34]

Date Opponent Result Score Venue Report
March–April Auckland Win 26-24 Auckland
March–April Auckland Win 26-24 Auckland
26 April Waikato Cougars Win 54-0 Ericsson Stadium, Auckland [35]
2 May Canterbury Reds Win 35-0 Rugby League Park, Christchurch
24 May Canterbury Reds Win 38-14 Ericsson Stadium, Auckland
Northland Wild Boars Win 54-12 Jubilee Park, Whangarei
Waikato Cougars Win 76-0 Resthills Park, Hamilton
Coastline Mariners Win 66-6 Tauranga Domain, Tauranga
West Coast Chargers Win 56-2 Ericsson Stadium, Auckland
West Coast Chargers Win 46-8 Wingham Park, West Coast
Hawkes Bay Unicorns Win 90-10 Nelson Park, Hastings
Manawatu Mustangs Win 32-10 Ericsson Stadium, Auckland
Manawatu Mustangs Win 54-4 Foxton
Wellington Pumas Win 50-18 Ericsson Stadium, Auckland
Wellington Pumas Win 44-10 Hutt Valley
Taranaki Sharks Win 42-8 New Plymouth
Taranaki Sharks Win 56-10 Ericsson Stadium, Auckland
August Auckland Win 28-24 Ericsson Stadium, Auckland

Awards[edit]

Joe Vagana was the Player of the Year.[36]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998. p.58
  2. ^ Rugby League Teams rugbyleague.co.nz
  3. ^ Rugby League Teamsrugbyleague.co.nz
  4. ^ Rugby League Teams rugbyleague.co.nz
  5. ^ League nomad faces test The Press, 28 February 1998
  6. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 1 rugbyleagueproject.org
  7. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 2 rugbyleagueproject.org
  8. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 3 rugbyleagueproject.org
  9. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 4 rugbyleagueproject.org
  10. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 5 rugbyleagueproject.org
  11. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 6 rugbyleagueproject.org
  12. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 7 rugbyleagueproject.org
  13. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 8 rugbyleagueproject.org
  14. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 9 rugbyleagueproject.org
  15. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 10 rugbyleagueproject.org
  16. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 11 rugbyleagueproject.org
  17. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 12 rugbyleagueproject.org
  18. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 13 rugbyleagueproject.org
  19. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 14 rugbyleagueproject.org
  20. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 15 rugbyleagueproject.org
  21. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 16 rugbyleagueproject.org
  22. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 17 rugbyleagueproject.org
  23. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 18 rugbyleagueproject.org
  24. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 19 rugbyleagueproject.org
  25. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 20 rugbyleagueproject.org
  26. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 21 rugbyleagueproject.org
  27. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 22 rugbyleagueproject.org
  28. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 23 rugbyleagueproject.org
  29. ^ NRL 1998 - Round 24 rugbyleagueproject.org
  30. ^ Rugby League Teams rugbyleague.co.nz
  31. ^ Nickson in team to play Warriors Daily News, 4 September 1998
  32. ^ Warriors queue up for easy tries Daily News, 18 September 1998
  33. ^ Rugby League Teams rugbyleague.co.nz
  34. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998.
  35. ^ Young Warriors crush Cougars Waikato Times, 27 April 1998
  36. ^ New Zealand Rugby League Annual '98, New Zealand Rugby Football League, 1998. p.60

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