2012 New Zealand Warriors season

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2012 New Zealand Warriors
League 14th NRL
2012 record 8-0-16
Points for 497
Points against 609
Team information
CEO Wayne Scurrah
Coach Brian McClennan
Tony Iro
Assistant Coach Tony Iro
Captain Simon Mannering
Alternate captains Micheal Luck
Manu Vatuvei
Ground Mount Smart Stadium
Average attendance 15,257
Top scorers
Tries Manu Vatuvei (12)
Shaun Johnson (12)
Konrad Hurrell (12)
Goals James Maloney (67)
Points James Maloney (153)
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The New Zealand Warriors 2012 season is the New Zealand Warriors 18th first-grade season. The club is competing in Australasia's National Rugby League. The coach of the team was Brian McClennan, until he was sacked on 21 August after Round 22, while Simon Mannering is the club's captain. Assistant Coach Tony Iro was appointed caretaker coach for the final two matches.

Milestones[edit]

  • 4 February - All Stars Match: Manu Vatuvei represents the NRL All Stars in the pre-season All Stars Match.
  • 5 March - Round One: Ben Henry and Konrad Hurrell make their first grade debuts while Nathan Friend plays his first match for the Warriors.
  • 24 March - Round Four: Simon Mannering played in his 150th NRL match and his 50th match as captain.[1][2]
  • 12 May - Round 10: Ukuma Ta'ai played in his 50th NRL match.
  • 16 June - Round 15: Omar Slaimankhel made his first grade debut.
  • 16 June - Round 15: Ben Matulino played in his 100th NRL match. He became the first player from the Toyota Cup to play 100 matches in the National Rugby League.[3]
  • 11 August - Round 23: Manu Vatuvei becomes the first player to score 100 tries for the club.[4]
  • 11 August - Round 23: Bill Tupou played in his 50th NRL match.
  • 19 August - Round 24: Manu Vatuvei played in his 150th NRL match.
  • 19 August - Round 24: Feleti Mateo played in his 50th match for the club.
  • 2 September - Round 26: In Micheal Luck's last NRL match, the Warriors lost their eight straight match, a record for the club.[5] The streak included two back-to-back losses involving comebacks of eighteen points or more, an NRL first.

Jersey and sponsors[edit]

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In 2012 the Warriors jerseys is again to be made by Canterbury of New Zealand.[6] They were unveiled on 21 November 2011 at the first day of training. The jerseys feature a traditional rugby league "v" for the first time since 2003.[7]

The Junior Warriors play in a red strip with a white away jersey.

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Change of ownership[edit]

On the 2 March owner Eric Watson announced that he had bought out the minority shareholders, including Mark Hotchin, and would form a new 50-50 venture with Owen Glenn to control the club.[8][9]

Fixtures[edit]

The Warriors opened the season by hosting a match at Eden Park in Auckland.[6] This was only the second time that the Warriors have played a home match away from Mount Smart Stadium. The remaining 11 home games will be played at Mount Smart Stadium, their only home ground since they entered the competition in 1995.

Pre-season training[edit]

The main squad returned to training on 21 November 2011 to start preparing for the 2012 season.[10] Players involved in the 2011 Four Nations and other representative matches returned to training later. Twenty three first graders were present on the first day of training.[11]

Pre-season matches[edit]

North Harbour Stadium hosted a Warriors trial match for the tenth time.[12] The Warriors also played a match in Whangarei.[13]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
4 February Trial 1 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans North Harbour Stadium, Auckland Win 26-10 Hurrell, Brown, Johnson, Fisiiahi, Tupou Maloney (2) 10,500 [14]
11 February Trial 2 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs BCU International Stadium, Coffs Harbour Win 22-14 Vatuvei (2), Mannering, Hurrell Johnson (2), Maloney 5,376 [15]
19 February Trial 3 Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles colours.png Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles Toll Stadium, Whangarei Win 68 - 10 Penehe (2), Matulino (2), Mara, Godinet, Ta'ai,
Locke, Inu, Brown, Ropati, Fishiiahi, Henry
Inu (4), Locke (3), Henry 9,000 [16]

Regular season[edit]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
4 March Round 1 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Eden Park, Auckland Loss 20-26 Vatuvei (2), Johnson, Locke Maloney (2) 37,502 [1]
12 March Round 2 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Parramatta Stadium, Sydney Win 36-20 Tupou (2), Mateo, Hurrell, Maloney, Locke Maloney (6) 12,000 [2]
18 March Round 3 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Loss 18-32 Maloney, Lousi, Mateo Maloney (3) 17,067 [3]
24 March Round 4 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 26-6 Johnson (2), Taylor, Vatuvei, Mannering Maloney (3) 12,915 [4]
31 March Round 5 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Sydney Football Stadium, Sydney Loss 24-8 Ropati, Fisiiahi 13,021 [5]
8 April Round 6 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Canberra Stadium, Canberra Loss 12-32 Henry, Maloney Maloney (2) 10,800 [6]
15 April Round 7 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 44-22 Mannering (2), Henry, Brown, Ropati, Tupou, Ta'ai, Inu Maloney (6) 15,378 [7]
25 April Round 8 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm AAMI Park, Melbourne Loss 14-32 Tupou (2), Brown Maloney (1) 20,333 [8]
5 May Round 9 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 30-20 Henry, Johnson, Taylor, Lillyman, Mateo Maloney (5) 19,012 [9]
12 May Round 10 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 30-26 Hurrell (2), Johnson (2), Vatuvei Maloney (5) 16,220 [10]
18 May Round 11 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Leichhardt Oval, Sydney Loss 22-24 Hurrell (2), Henry, Tupou Maloney (3) 16,406 [11]
Round 12 Bye
3 June Round 13 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Loss 12-22 Hurrell, Vatuvei Maloney (2) 20,487 [12]
11 June Round 14 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers Centrebet Stadium, Sydney Win 30-16 Vatuvei (2), Hurrell, Locke, Maloney Maloney (5) 5,778 [13]
16 June Round 15 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Toyota Stadium, Sydney Loss 19-20 Hurrell, Locke, Johnson Maloney (3 & FG) 9,271 [14]
Round 16 Bye
1 July Round 17 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 35-18 Henry (2), Hurrell, Lillyman, Friend, Brown Maloney (5 & FG) 15,274 [15]
8 July Round 18 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Skilled Park, Gold Coast Win 32-14 Hurrell (3), Johnson, Locke, Matunlino Maloney (4) 17,134 [16]
13 July Round 19 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Loss 8-10 Locke, Vatuvei 32,148 [17]
21 July Round 20 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Loss 19-24 Johnson, Matulino, Friend Maloney (3 & FG) 15,112 [18]
29 July Round 21 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles Patersons Stadium, Perth Loss 22-24 Locke, Johnson, Brown, Vatuvei Maloney (3) 20,095 [19]
5 August Round 22 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Loss 4-45 Tupou 13,812 [20]
11 August Round 23 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Dairy Farmers Stadium, Townsville Loss 12-52 Tuimavave, Vatuvei Malony (2) 13,616 [21]
19 August Round 24 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Loss 16-18 Henry (2), Johnson Malony (2) 11,000 [22]
25 August Round 25 St. George colours.svg St George-Illawarra Dragons WIN Stadium, Wollongong Loss 6-38 Johnson Malony (1) 11,261 [23]
2 September Round 26 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Loss 42-22 Vatuvei (2), Matulino, Godinet Henry (2), Maloney 11,455 [24]

Ladder[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 18 0 6 2 568 369 +199 40
2 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm (P) 24 17 0 7 2 579 361 +218 38
3 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 24 16 0 8 2 559 438 +121 36
4 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24 16 0 8 2 497 403 +94 36
5 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 15 0 9 2 597 445 +152 34
6 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 13 0 11 2 545 536 +9 30
7 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 12 1 11 2 445 441 +4 29
8 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 12 0 12 2 481 447 +34 28
9 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 11 0 13 2 405 438 -33 26
10 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 11 0 13 2 506 551 -45 26
11 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 10 0 14 2 449 477 -28 24
12 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 10 0 14 2 448 488 -40 24
13 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 8 1 15 2 462 626 -164 21
14 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 8 0 16 2 497 609 -112 20
15 Panthers colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 8 0 16 2 409 575 -166 20
16 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 6 0 18 2 431 674 -243 16

Squad[edit]

The Warriors used twenty nine players during the season. Seven players made their debut for the club, including six who were making their NRL debuts - all of these players were graduates from the Warriors Toyota Cup programme.

No. Name Position Warriors Debut App T G FG Pts
108 Ropati, JeromeJerome Ropati CE 31 August 2003 8 2 0 0 8
115 Vatuvei, ManuManu Vatuvei WG 23 May 2004 20 12 0 0 48
125 Mannering, SimonSimon Mannering SR 26 June 2005 19 3 0 0 12
126 Luck, MichealMicheal Luck LK 12 March 2006 6 0 0 0 0
131 Rapira, SamSam Rapira PR 20 May 2006 7 0 0 0 0
141 Packer, RussellRussell Packer PR 4 May 2008 24 0 0 0 0
142 Matulino, BenBen Matulino PR 14 June 2008 22 3 0 0 12
146 Lillyman, JacobJacob Lillyman PR 14 March 2009 16 2 0 0 8
149 Ta'ai, UkumaUkuma Ta'ai SR 22 March 2009 12 1 0 0 4
151 Brown, LewisLewis Brown SR 3 May 2009 24 4 0 0 16
152 Locke, KevinKevin Locke FB/WG 31 May 2009 14 7 0 0 28
156 Maloney, JamesJames Maloney FE 14 March 2010 24 4 67 3 153
159 Lousi, SioneSione Lousi SR 14 March 2010 22 1 0 0 4
160 Tupou, BillBill Tupou WG 4 April 2010 23 7 0 0 28
162 Mara, AlehanaAlehana Mara HK 21 August 2010 6 0 0 0 0
163 Fisiiahi, GlenGlen Fisiiahi FB 12 March 2011 4 1 0 0 4
164 Mateo, FeletiFeleti Mateo SR 12 March 2011 24 3 0 0 12
166 Inu, KrisnanKrisnan Inu WG/CE 19 March 2011 3 1 0 0 4
167 Taylor, ElijahElijah Taylor SR 3 April 2011 23 2 0 0 8
168 Johnson, ShaunShaun Johnson HB 4 June 2011 22 12 0 0 48
169 Rapira, SteveSteve Rapira SR 4 June 2011 6 0 0 0 0
170 Godinet, PitaPita Godinet HB/HK 24 July 2011 4 1 0 0 4
171 Henry, BenBen Henry CE/SR 4 March 2012 24 8 2 0 36
172 Friend, NathanNathan Friend HK 4 March 2012 17 2 0 0 8
173 Hurrell, KonradKonrad Hurrell CE 4 March 2012 17 12 0 0 48
174 Slaimankhel, OmarOmar Slaimankhel FB 16 June 2012 5 0 0 0 0
175 Lousi, SamSam Lousi SR 21 July 2012 2 0 0 0 0
176 Ikahihifo, SebastineSebastine Ikahihifo LK 28 July 2012 4 0 0 0 0
177 Tuimavave, CarlosCarlos Tuimavave FE 5 August 2012 5 1 0 0 4

Staff[edit]

  • Chief Executive Officer: Wayne Scurrah
  • General Manager: Don Mann Jr
  • Recruitment and Development Manager: Dean Bell
  • High Performance Manager: Craig Walker[17]
  • High Performance Assistant: Ruben Wiki
  • Medical Services Manager: John Mayhew
  • Welfare and Education Manager: Jerry Seuseu
  • Media and Communications Manager: Richard Becht

NRL staff[edit]

NYC staff[edit]

Transfers[edit]

Gains[edit]

Player Previous Club Length Notes
Nathan Friend Gold Coast Titans 2013 with option [24]
Brian McClennan Leeds Rhinos 2012-2013 with option Coach[25]

Losses[edit]

Player Club Notes
Lance Hohaia St Helens RLFC [26]
Aaron Heremaia Hull FC [27]
Brett Seymour Hull FC [28]
Jeremy Latimore St. George Illawarra Dragons [29]
Joel Moon Salford City Reds [30]
Shaun Berrigan Canberra Raiders [31][32]
Isaac John Wakefield Trinity Wildcats [33]
Ivan Cleary Penrith Panthers Coach
Adam Henry Sydney Roosters [34]
James Gavet Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs [34]
Anthony Gelling Wigan Warriors [34]
Sosaia Feki Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks [34]

Mid-season Losses[edit]

Player Club Notes
Krisnan Inu Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 May[35]

Other teams[edit]

In 2012 the Junior Warriors are again competing in the Toyota Cup while senior players who are not required for the first team play with the Auckland Vulcans in the NSW Cup. The Vulcans are coached by former Warriors development coach Ricky Henry.[36]

Toyota Cup Squad[edit]

Junior Warriors player Carlos Tuimavave
New Zealand Warriors Under 20's
Toyota Cup squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: 24/11/2011
Source(s): Player Profiles

Vulcans squad[edit]

The Auckland Vulcans have ten players contracted. The team is strengthened with Warriors players not picked for each round and local club players. The ten contracted players are: DJ Collier, Agnatius Paasi, Daniel Palavi, Tulson Caird, Willie Peace, James Blackwell, Ruben Williams, Steve Waetford, Darin Kingi and Murray Iti.[37]

Sam Lousi was named the Auckland Vulcans’ Player of the Year.[38]

Awards[edit]

Ben Matulino won the club's Player of the Year award. Ben Henry was named Young Player of the Year and Elijah Taylor was the clubman of the year.[39] Konrad Hurrell was the Vodafone People's choice award winner.[40]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mannering joining Warrior greats New Zealand Herald, 24 March 2012
  2. ^ Mannering brings up double milestone New Zealand Herald, 22 March 2012
  3. ^ Matulino first NYC graduate to 100 NRL games rleague.com, 19 June 2012
  4. ^ Warriors humiliated by Cowboys in Townsville stuff.co.nz, 11 August 2012
  5. ^ Warriors exposed in record losing streak The Press, 3 September 2012
  6. ^ a b Stanley, Ben (19 August 2011). "Eden Park to welcome the Warriors in 2012". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  7. ^ Warriors suit up for 2012 NRL season The Press, 21 November 2011
  8. ^ Billionaire Owen Glenn takes Warriors stake stuff.co.nz, 2 March 2012
  9. ^ Glenn buys share of the Warriors New Zealand Herald, 2 March 2012
  10. ^ Preseason just days away warriors.co.nz, 16 November 2011
  11. ^ Easy does it for new Warriors coach New Zealand Herald, 21 November 2011
  12. ^ Warriors to trial on the North Shore New Zealand Herald, 11 November 2011
  13. ^ Warriors confirm return to Whangarei New Zealand Herald, 14 November 2011
  14. ^ Life under Brian starts well New Zealand Herald, 5 February 2012
  15. ^ Vatuavei double powers Warriors to another trial win rleague.com, 11 February 2012
  16. ^ Warriors unscathed after latest trial victory New Zealand Herald, 19 February 2012
  17. ^ Iro, Ackland and Walker to remain with Warriors under McClennan rleague.com, 27 August 2011
  18. ^ McClennan dismayed at Warriors axing stuff.co.nz, 21 August 2012
  19. ^ Alderson, Andrew (21 August 2011). "NRL: Warriors to have a familiar feel in 2012". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  20. ^ McClennan left singing the blues New Zealand Herald, 26 August 2012
  21. ^ Warriors boss denies rift with Ivan Cleary stuff.co.nz, 9 October 2011
  22. ^ Deane, Steve (27 August 2011). "NRL: 'Bluey' keeps the faith with his staff". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  23. ^ Warriors add teen Palavi on three-year deal stuff.co.nz, 16 February 2012
  24. ^ Friend says first priority is Titans goldcoast.com.au, 12 April 2011
  25. ^ Lawton, Aaron (31 July 2011). "Warriors set to sign 'Bluey' this week". The Sunday Star-Times. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  26. ^ Hohaia confirms four year contract with St Helens rleague.com, 12 April 2011
  27. ^ "NRL: Heremaia signs with Hull". The New Zealand Herald. 3 June 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  28. ^ "Seymour to leave Warriors". Television New Zealand. 22 June 2011. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  29. ^ Dragons sign Matthews, Latimore nrl.com, 5 July 2011
  30. ^ Salford sign Joel Moon and Jordan James rleague.com, 10 September 2011
  31. ^ Brown, Michael (1 September 2011). "NRL: Cleary calm as farewell game approaches". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 15 September 2011. 
  32. ^ Raiders sign Shaun Berrigan rleague.com, 19 October 2011
  33. ^ Wakefield sign Isaac John code13rugbyleague.com, 29 October 2011
  34. ^ a b c d NRL 2012: Team roster analysis – who’s in and who’s out theroar.com.au
  35. ^ Inu leaves the Warriors to join Bulldogs New Zealand Herald, 24 May 2012
  36. ^ Vodafone Warriors coach to guide Vulcans in 2012 warriors.co.nz, 2 February 2012
  37. ^ New era as Vulcans kick off 2012 season warriors.co.nz, 3 March 2012
  38. ^ Major Vulcans accolade for Lousi warriors.co.nz, 16 August 2012
  39. ^ Matulino wins Player of the Year New Zealand Herald, 4 October 2012
  40. ^ Matulino's Night NZ League, Issue 4 Sept/October

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