2003 New Zealand Warriors season

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2003 New Zealand Warriors season
NRL Rank 6th
2003 record Wins: 15; Draws: 0; Losses: 9
Points scored For: 545; Against: 510
Team information
CEO Mick Watson
Coach Daniel Anderson
Assistant coach Tony Kemp
Captains
Stadium Ericsson Stadium
Avg. Attend. 16,842
Top scorers
Tries Francis Meli (23)
Goals Stacey Jones (29)
Points Francis Meli (92)
2002 2004 >

The 2003 New Zealand Warriors season was the 9th in the club's history. They competed in the National Rugby League's 2003 Telstra Premiership and finished the regular season in 6th place. The Warriors then came within one game of the grand final, losing to eventual premiers the Penrith Panthers. The coach of the team was Daniel Anderson while Monty Betham was the club captain.

Milestones[edit]

Jersey & Sponsors[edit]

New Zealand Warriors away jersey 2003.svg
New Zealand home jersey 2003.svg

The Warriors launched a new jersey design in 2003, finally removing completely the blue and white colours the owners had inherited when the purchased the company.[3]

Fixtures[edit]

The Warriors used Ericsson Stadium as their home ground in 2003, their only home ground since they entered the competition in 1995.

Pre-season[edit]

The Warriors played a pre-season trial match against the Penrith Panthers in Invercargill on 28 February. 15,000 fans attended the match, which was sold out.[4]

Regular Season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
16 March Round 1 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Loss 26-36 Hohaia (2), Carlaw, Fa'afili, Meli Jones (3) 16,291 [1]
23 March Round 2 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury Bulldogs Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 24-20 Hohaia (2), Fa'afili, Guttenbeil, Meli Marsh (2) 16,229 [2]
29 March Round 3 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Brookvale Oval, Sydney Win 20-16 Toopi (2), Fa'afili, Swann Marsh (2) 14,273 [3]
6 April Round 4 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 38-16 Fa'afili (2), Hohaia (2), Meli (2), Seuseu, Tony Marsh (2), Hohaia (1) 13,614 [4]
13 April Round 5 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos ANZ Stadium, Brisbane Win 32-12 Meli (2), Faumuina, Marsh, Swann, Tuimavave Marsh (3), Tuimavave (1) 18,959 [5]
21 April Round 6 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 30-24 Fa'afili, Jones, Marsh, Meli, Tony, Toopi Marshs (3) 19,722 [6]
27 April Round 7 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Loss 14-28 Fa'afili, Koopu, Tony Jones (1) 15,732 [7]
2 May Round 8 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs Westpac Stadium, Wellington Loss 12-18 Meli, Toopi Webb (2) 21,989 [8]
10 May Round 9 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 18-16 Meli (2), Marsh, Swann Webb (1) 15,397 [9]
Round 10 Bye
23 May Round 11 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Westpac Stadium, Wellington Loss 10-18 Fa'afili Webb (1) 13,130 [10]
31 May Round 12 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers CUA Stadium, Sydney Loss 12-34 Betham, Tony Jones (2) 20,280 [11]
7 June Round 13 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 23-6 Faumuina, Jones, Meli, Mellars Jones (3 & FG) 16,172 [12]
14 June Round 14 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium, Sydney Loss 26-28 V.Anderson, Betham, Faumuina, Meli, Webb Jones (2), Webb (1) 8,076 [13]
22 June Round 15 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 26-18 Swann (2), Tony, Toopi, Villasanti Jones (3) 18,375 [14]
29 June Round 16 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Win 31-30 (a.e.t) Jones, Meli, Tony, Toopi, Webb Jones (5 & FG) 9,109 [15]
5 July Round 17 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville Loss 10-30 Swann (2) Jones (1) 16,028 [16]
12 July Round 18 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 20-12 V.Anderson, Latu, Webb Jones (4) 15,528 [17]
19 July Round 19 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Toyota Park, Sydney Win 31-24 Toopi (2), Murphy, Villasanti, Webb Jones (5 & FG) 13,565 [18]
Round 20 Bye
2 August Round 21 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Loss 12-14 V.Anderson, Toopi Hohaia (2) 15,207 [19]
10 August Round 22 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons Oki Jubilee Stadium, Sydney Win 30-20 Carlaw, Hohaia, Lauiti'iti, Leuluai, Villasanti, Webb Hohaia (3) 12,595 [20]
15 August Round 23 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights EnergyAustralia Stadium, Newcastle Loss 20-36 Toopi (2), Meli, Villasanti Hohaia (2) 17,198 [21]
24 August Round 24 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 22-14 V.Anderson, Faumuina, Latu, Meli Webb (3) 19,439 [22]
31 August Round 25 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Win 26-24 Meli (2), Toopi, Villasanti Webb (5) 18,726 [23]
6 September Round 26 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 32-16 Toopi (3), V.Anderson (2), Meli Webb (4) 20,392 [24]

Final Series[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
13 September Qualifying Final Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs Showgrounds, Sydney Win 48 - 22 Meli (5), Webb (2), Faumuina, Tony Webb (5), Faumuina (1) 18,312 [25]
20 September Preliminary Final Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Aussie Stadium, Sydney Win 17 - 16 Fa'afili, Swann, Toopi Webb (2), Jones (FG) 31,616 [26]
28 September Preliminary Final Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers Telstra Stadium, Sydney Loss 20 - 28 Swann, Toopi, Villasanti, Webb Webb (2) 43,174 [27]

Ladder[edit]

Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Penrith colours.svg Penrith 24 18 0 6 2 659 527 +132 40
2 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney 24 17 0 7 2 680 445 +235 38
3 Canterbury colours.svg Bulldogs 24 16 0 8 2 702 419 +283 36
4 Canberra colours.svg Canberra 24 16 0 8 2 620 463 +157 36
5 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne 24 15 0 9 2 564 486 +78 34
6 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand 24 15 0 9 2 545 510 +35 34
7 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle 24 14 0 10 2 632 635 -3 32
8 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane 24 12 0 12 2 497 464 +33 28
9 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta 24 11 0 13 2 570 582 -12 26
10 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra 24 11 0 13 2 548 593 -45 26
11 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland 24 10 0 14 2 606 629 -23 24
12 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla 24 8 0 16 2 497 704 -207 20
13 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 7 0 17 2 470 598 -128 18
14 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly 24 7 0 17 2 470 791 -321 18
15 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney 24 3 0 21 2 457 758 -301 10

Squad[edit]

Twenty eight players were used by the Warriors in 2003, including five players who made their first grade debuts.

No. Name Nationality Position Warriors Debut App T G FG Pts
24 Stacey Jones New Zealand HB 23 April 1995 22 3 29 4 74
33 Awen Guttenbeil New Zealand / Tonga SR 14 April 1996 20 1 0 0 4
42 Logan Swann New Zealand SR 1 March 1997 23 9 0 0 36
50 Jerry Seu Seu New Zealand / Samoa PR 16 August 1997 24 1 0 0 4
55 Ali Lauitiiti New Zealand / Samoa SR 19 April 1998 12 1 0 0 4
61 Monty Betham New Zealand / Samoa HK / LK 8 March 1999 24 2 0 0 8
64 Wairangi Koopu New Zealand CE / SR 9 April 1999 25 1 0 0 4
65 Francis Meli New Zealand / Samoa WG 2 May 1999 27 23 0 0 92
66 Clinton Toopi New Zealand CE 2 May 1999 22 17 0 0 68
76 Mark Tookey Australia PR 6 February 2000 17 0 0 0 0
81 Henry Fa'afili New Zealand / Samoa WG 26 March 2000 24 10 0 0 40
87 Richard Villasanti Australia / Tonga PR 18 February 2001 16 6 0 0 24
90 Motu Tony New Zealand / Samoa UH 9 March 2001 18 7 0 0 28
92 Justin Murphy France WG 7 April 2001 8 1 0 0 4
93 Iafeta Paleaaesina New Zealand / Samoa PR 1 June 2001 24 0 0 0 0
95 John Carlaw Australia CE 24 March 2002 10 2 0 0 8
96 PJ Marsh Australia HB / HK 24 March 2002 11 3 12 0 36
97 Brent Webb New Zealand FB 1 April 2002 21 8 26 0 84
98 Sione Faumuina New Zealand CE / LK 1 April 2002 24 5 1 0 22
99 Lance Hohaia New Zealand UB 6 April 2002 16 7 8 0 44
100 Vinnie Anderson New Zealand / Tonga CE 7 July 2002 27 6 0 0 24
102 Evarn Tuimavave New Zealand PR 1 September 2002 9 1 1 0 6
103 Karl Temata Cook Islands PR / SR 6 September 2002 10 0 0 0 0
104 Mark Robinson New Zealand HK 2 May 2003 1 0 0 0 0
105 Thomas Leuluai New Zealand HB 2 May 2003 12 1 0 0 4
106 Vince Mellars New Zealand CE 7 June 2003 4 1 0 0 4
107 Tevita Latu New Zealand / Tonga HK 7 June 2003 7 2 0 0 8
108 Jerome Ropati New Zealand CE / FE 31 August 2003 1 0 0 0 0

Staff[edit]

Coaching Staff[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Gains[edit]

Player Previous Club Length Notes
Mark Robinson North Harbour Rugby Union

Losses[edit]

Player Club Notes
Jeremiah Pai Wests Tigers
Justin Morgan Toulouse Olympique
Kevin Campion North Queensland Cowboys
Shontayne Hape Bradford Bulls
David Myles North Queensland Cowboys
Ivan Cleary Retired

Other Teams[edit]

Players not required by the Warriors were released to play in the 2003 Bartercard Cup. This included Motu Tony and Jerome Ropati at the Marist Richmond Brothers, Mark Robinson at the North Harbour Tigers and Richard Villasanti at the Canterbury Bulls.

Awards[edit]

Francis Meli won the Player of the Year award.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Coffey Warriors youngest in NRL The Press, 30 November 2002
  2. ^ Francis Meli will play his 50th NRL match for the Warriors Western Leader, 4 April 2003
  3. ^ John Coffey Warriors' new strip The Press, 29 November 2002
  4. ^ We're first - angry Roosters call for ad to be dropped Sydney Morning Herald, 28 February 2003
  5. ^ Vodafone Warriors RED BALL Awards warriors.co.nz, 16 September 2014

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