2014 New Zealand Warriors season

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2014 New Zealand Warriors season
Team information
CEO Wayne Scurrah
Coach Andrew McFadden
(19 games since 5 April)
Matthew Elliott (5 games)
Assistant coach Ricky Henry
Adam Mogg
Captain
Stadium Mount Smart Stadium
Top scorers
Tries Manu Vatuvei (17)
Goals Shaun Johnson (63)
Points Shaun Johnson (163)
2013 2015 >

The 2014 New Zealand Warriors season was the 20th in the club's history. Coached by Matthew Elliott until he was replaced by Andrew McFadden in Round 6, and captained by Simon Mannering, the Warriors competed in the National Rugby League's 2014 Telstra Premiership. They finished the regular season 9th out of 16 teams, failing to make the finals for the third consecutive year. In the pre-season the Warriors also had competed in the inaugural NRL Auckland Nines tournament.

Milestones[edit]

Jersey and sponsors[edit]

Warriors home 2012.png

In 2014 the Warriors jerseys was again made by Canterbury of New Zealand.

Warriors away 2012.png

Fixtures[edit]

Pre-season training[edit]

Pre-season training began on 28 October 2013.[3]

Pre-season matches[edit]

The Warriors played the Gold Coast Titans at North Harbour Stadium on 9 February and the Brisbane Broncos at Forsyth Barr Stadium on 23 February.[4][5] The Warriors also played the Wigan Warriors on Wednesday 12 February, in a warm up game before Wigan competes in the 2014 World Club Challenge.[6]

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
9 February Trial 1 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans North Harbour Stadium, Auckland Loss 18-32 Lolohea (2), Ikahifo Lino (3) 7,000 [1]
12 February Trial 2 Wigancolours.svg Wigan Warriors Waikato Stadium, Hamilton Loss 22-46 Townsend, Tuimavave-Gerrard, Peteru, Friend Townsend (3) [2]
23 February Trial 3 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin Win 48-4 Fisiiahi (2), Hurrell (2), Johnson, Gubb, Tuimavave, Fusitua, Tomkins Johnson (4), Townsend (2) [3]

Auckland Nines[edit]

The Warriors were coached by Ricky Henry. The squad consisted of Jayson Bukuya, Raymond Faitala-Mariner, Glen Fisiiahi, David Fusitua, Charlie Gubb, Konrad Hurrell, Sebastine Ikahihifo, Shaun Johnson, Solomone Kata, Ngani Laumape, Tuimoala Lolohea, Sione Lousi, Suaia Matagi, Dominique Peyroux, Sam Tomkins, Carlos Tuimavave.[7] At the conclusion of the weekend Shaun Johnson was named the tournament's MVP and Suaia Matagi was named in the team of the tournament.

Team
Pld W D L PF PA +/− Pts
New Zealand Warriors 3 3 0 0 80 41 +39 6
North Queensland Cowboys 3 1 0 2 55 45 +10 2
Canberra Raiders 3 1 0 2 32 53 -21 2
Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 3 1 0 2 25 53 -28 2
Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Report
15 February Nines 1 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Eden Park, Auckland Win 25-14 Johnson, Fisiiahi, Matagi, Kata Johnson (3), Tomkins [4]
15 February Nines 2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Sea Eagles Eden Park, Auckland Win 27-4 Johnson, Kata, Peyroux, Fusitua, Lolohea Johnson (3) [5]
16 February Nines 3 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Eden Park, Auckland Win 28-23 Ikahihifo (2), Johnson, Tuimavave, Laumape Johnson (3) [6]
16 February Quarter South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs Eden Park, Auckland Win 17-16 Johnson, Fisiiahi, Laumape Johnson, Tomkins [7]
16 February Semi North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys Eden Park, Auckland Loss 0-8 [8]
Quarter-Finals Semi-Finals Final
                 
Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 11
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 16
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 18
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks 14
Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 6
Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla Sharks 17
Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 7
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 16
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 17
South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs 16
New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 0
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 8
Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers 12
North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 22

Regular season[edit]

The Warriors played eight home matches at Mount Smart Stadium, three at Eden Park and another at Westpac Stadium in Wellington.[8] Their loss to the Panthers in the final round saw the Warriors finish the season in 9th place, only just missing out on the finals. This was an improvement on their 11th placed finish in 2013 and their 14th placed finish in 2012.

Date Round Opponent Venue Result Score Tries Goals Attendance Report
9 March Round 1 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Pirtek Stadium, Sydney Loss 16-36 Vatuvei, Tuimavave, Fisiiahi Johnson (2) 14,397 [9]
15 March Round 2 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons Eden Park, Auckland Loss 12-31 Tomkins, Ropati Johnson (2) 14,392 [10]
22 March Round 3 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 1300SMILES Stadium, Townsville Win 20-16 Fisiiahi (2), Lousi, Hurrell Johnson (2) 12,738 [11]
30 March Round 4 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers Westpac Stadium, Wellington Win 42-18 Fisiiahi (4), Johnson, Vatuvei, Bukuya, Tomkins Johnson (5) 22,512 [12]
5 April Round 5 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Remondis Stadium, Sydney Loss 6-37 Vatuvei Johnson (1) 11,307 [13]
13 April Round 6 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Eden Park, Auckland Loss 20-21 Tomkins, Vatuvei, Hurrell, Mannering Johnson (2) 22,160 [14]
[15]
19 April Round 7 St. George colours.svg St George Illawarra Dragons WIN Jubilee Oval, Sydney Loss 10-20 Tomkins, Vatuvei Johnson (1) 10,559 [16]
25 April Round 8 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm AAMI Park, Melbourne Win 16-10 Fusitua, Mateo, Johnson Johnson (2) 28,716 [17]
10 May Round 9 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders Eden Park, Auckland Win 54-12 Johnson (2), Vatuvei (2), Matulino, Hurrell, Laumape,
Tomkins, Bukuya
Johnson (9) 18,165 [18]
18 May Round 10 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs Waikato Stadium, Hamilton Loss 12-16 Matulino, Henry Johnson (2) 17,673 [19]
24 May Round 11 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Robina Stadium, Gold Coast Win 24-16 Fusitua (2), Matulino, Johnson, Mannering Townsend (2) 18,753 [20]
1 June Round 12 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 38-18 Mannering (2), Vatuvei (2), Tomkins, Townsend, Hurrell Johnson (5) 19,068 [21]
7 June Round 13 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs nib Stadium, Perth Loss 18-34 Fusitua, Johnson, Mannering, Hurrell Johnson (1) 20,267 [22]
Round 14 Bye
21 June Round 15 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 19-10 Henry, Hurrell, Townsend Johnson (3 & FG) 16,025 [23]
29 June Round 16 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 30-20 Hurrell (2), Vatuvei, Mannering, Johnson Johnson (5) 12,801 [24]
Round 17 Bye
12 July Round 18 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 48-0 Tomkins (2), Fusitua, Johnson, Hurrell, Mannering,
Henry, Townsend
Johnson (8) 14,087 [25]
19 July Round 19 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Loss 22-28 Henry (2), Mannering, Tomkins Johnson (3) 37,082 [26]
27 July Round 20 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Loss 12-22 Hurrell, Mannering Townsend (2) 19,199 [27]
3 August Round 21 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders GIO Stadium, Canberra Win 54-18 Vatuvei (3), Rapira (2), Lousi, Tomkins, Hurrell,
Matulino, Laumape
Townsend (7) 7,094 [28]
10 August Round 22 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 16-12 Laumape (2), Vatuvei Townsend (2) 13,939 [29]
16 August Round 23 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights Hunter Stadium, Newcastle Loss 22-28 Fusitua (2), Vatuvei (2), Friend Townsend (1) 12,733 [30]
23 August Round 24 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Loss 12-46 Tomkins, Laumape Johnson (2) 19,676 [31]
30 August Round 25 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland Win 42-0 Tomkins (2), Henry, Peyroux, Friend, Hurrell, Johnson Johnson (7) 13,540 [32]
6 September Round 26 Penrith colours.svg Penrith Panthers Centrebet Stadium, Sydney Loss 6-22 Vatuvei Johnson (1) 13,551 [33]

Ladder[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L B PF PA PD Pts
1 Eastern Suburbs colours.svg Sydney Roosters 24 16 0 8 2 615 385 +230 36
2 Manly Sea Eagles colours.svg Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 24 16 0 8 2 502 399 +103 36
3 South Sydney colours.svg South Sydney Rabbitohs (P) 24 15 0 9 2 585 361 +224 34
4 Penrith Panthers square flag icon with 2017 colours.svg Penrith Panthers 24 15 0 9 2 506 426 +80 34
5 North Queensland colours.svg North Queensland Cowboys 24 14 0 10 2 596 406 +190 32
6 Melbourne colours.svg Melbourne Storm 24 14 0 10 2 536 460 +76 32
7 Canterbury colours.svg Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 24 13 0 11 2 446 439 +7 30
8 Brisbane colours.svg Brisbane Broncos 24 12 0 12 2 549 456 +93 28
9 New Zealand colours.svg New Zealand Warriors 24 12 0 12 2 571 491 +80 28
10 Parramatta colours.svg Parramatta Eels 24 12 0 12 2 477 580 −103 28
11 St. George colours.svg St. George Illawarra Dragons 24 11 0 13 2 469 528 −59 26
12 Newcastle colours.svg Newcastle Knights 24 10 0 14 2 463 571 −108 24
13 Wests Tigers colours.svg Wests Tigers 24 10 0 14 2 420 631 −211 24
14 Gold Coast Titans colours.svg Gold Coast Titans 24 9 0 15 2 372 538 −166 22
15 Canberra colours.svg Canberra Raiders 24 8 0 16 2 466 623 −157 20
16 Cronulla colours.svg Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks 24 5 0 19 2 334 613 −279 14

Squad[edit]

No. Name Position Warriors Debut App T G FG Pts
105 Leuluai, ThomasThomas Leuluai HB 2 May 2003 12 0 0 0 0
108 Ropati, JeromeJerome Ropati CE 31 August 2003 3 1 0 0 4
115 Vatuvei, ManuManu Vatuvei WG 23 May 2004 23 17 0 0 68
125 Mannering, SimonSimon Mannering SR 26 June 2005 24 9 0 0 36
131 Rapira, SamSam Rapira PR 20 May 2006 18 2 0 0 8
142 Matulino, BenBen Matulino PR 14 June 2008 20 4 0 0 20
146 Lillyman, JacobJacob Lillyman PR 14 March 2009 24 0 0 0 0
152 Locke, KevinKevin Locke FB 31 May 2009 2 0 0 0 0
159 Lousi, SioneSione Lousi SR 14 March 2010 11 2 0 0 8
163 Fisiiahi, GlenGlen Fisiiahi FB 12 March 2011 5 7 0 0 28
164 Mateo, FeletiFeleti Mateo SR 12 March 2011 19 1 0 0 4
168 Johnson, ShaunShaun Johnson HB 4 June 2011 21 9 63 1 163
171 Henry, BenBen Henry SR 4 March 2012 16 6 0 0 24
172 Friend, NathanNathan Friend HK 4 March 2012 24 2 0 0 8
173 Hurrell, KonradKonrad Hurrell CE 4 March 2012 19 12 0 0 48
175 Lousi, SamSam Lousi SR 21 July 2012 1 0 0 0 0
176 Ikahihifo, SebastineSebastine Ikahihifo LK 28 July 2012 18 0 0 0 0
177 Tuimavave, CarlosCarlos Tuimavave FE 5 August 2012 1 1 0 0 4
178 Nielsen, DaneDane Nielsen CE 9 March 2013 13 0 0 0 0
180 Laumape, NganiNgani Laumape WG 24 March 2013 16 5 0 0 20
181 Matagi, SuaiaSuaia Matagi PR 11 May 2013 24 0 0 0 0
182 Peyroux, DominiqueDominique Peyroux CE 3 June 2013 4 1 0 0 4
183 Gubb, CharlieCharlie Gubb PR 7 July 2013 5 0 0 0 0
185 Tomkins, SamSam Tomkins FB 9 March 2014 24 13 0 0 52
186 Townsend, ChadChad Townsend HB 9 March 2014 19 3 14 0 40
187 Bukuya, JaysonJayson Bukuya SR 9 March 2014 18 2 0 0 8
188 Palavi, JohnJohn Palavi PR 9 March 2014 2 0 0 0 0
189 Fusitua, DavidDavid Fusitua WG 15 March 2014 12 7 0 0 28
190 Havili, SilivaSiliva Havili HK 13 April 2014 6 0 0 0 0
191 Paasi, AgnatiusAgnatius Paasi PR 19 July 2014 1 0 0 0 0
192 Lolohea, TuimoalaTuimoala Lolohea HB 27 July 2014 3 0 0 0 0

Staff[edit]

  • Chief Executive Officer: Wayne Scurrah
  • General Manager: Don Mann Jr
  • General Manager Football Operations: Dean Bell
  • Medical Services Manager: John Mayhew
  • Welfare and Education Manager: Jerry Seuseu
  • Media and Communications Manager: Richard Becht

Coaching staff[edit]

Strength and Conditioning[edit]

  • Strength and Conditioning Coach: Carl Jennings
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach: Ruben Wiki
  • Sports Science Manager: Brad Morris
  • Rehab and Speed Coach: Dayne Norton
  • Performance Analyst: Adam Sadler

Transfers[edit]

Gains[edit]

Player Previous Club Length Notes
Sam Tomkins Wigan Warriors 3 years World Record Transfer fee[10]
Chad Townsend Cronulla Sharks [34]
Jayson Bukuya Cronulla Sharks [35]

Losses[edit]

Player Club Notes
Packer, RussellRussell Packer Newcastle Knights [36]
Taylor, ElijahElijah Taylor Penrith Panthers [37]
Steve Rapira Salford Red Devils [38]
Sio Siua Taukeiaho Sydney Roosters [39]
Bill Tupou Canberra Raiders Left mid-2013
Alehana Mara Released [40]
Todd Lowrie Brisbane Broncos [41]
Pita Godinet Wakefield Trinity Wildcats

Other teams[edit]

The Warriors entered a team into the NSW Cup for the first time. The team replaced the Auckland Vulcans, who the club previously helped to fund.[11] The Junior Warriors again competed in the Holden Cup.

NSW Cup squad[edit]

The NSW Cup side were coached by Rohan Smith. It was the first time that the team had a full-time coach.[9] In June the team took a match to Gisborne's Rugby Park.[12]

The side finished eighth in regular season and made the finals, defeating the Mount Pritchard Mounties 36-28 in the elimination finals. They were eliminated the next week, losing 12-29 to the Illawarra Cutters.[13]

Raymond Faitala-Mariner was named in the NSW Cup team of the year.[14]

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary finals Grand final
                                   
  QF1:   
1  Penrith Panthers 42  
4  Illawarra Cutters 6     SF1:   
     Illawarra Cutters 29    
EF1:       NZ Warriors 12       PF1: 
5  Mounties 28        Penrith Panthers 31  
8  NZ Warriors 36          Wentworthville Magpies 12     GF: 
         Penrith Panthers 48
  EF2:        PF2:       Newcastle Knights 12
6  Wests Tigers 6          Newcastle Knights 34  
7  Wyong Roos 28     SF2:         Illawarra Cutters 10  
     Wentworthville Magpies 29    
QF2:       Wyong Roos 16    
2  Newcastle Knights 24  
3  Wentworthville Magpies 12  


Holden Cup Squad[edit]

The Junior Warriors won the Holden Cup by defeating the Brisbane Broncos 34-32 in the grand final.[15][16] The Junior Warriors had finished eighth in the regular season, just qualifying for the finals series. In the finals they defeated the Sydney Roosters 44-30 in the elimination finals.[17]

The Grand Final team was: Brad Abbey, Ngataua Hukatai, Nathaniel Roache, Solomone Kata, Paul Ulberg, Tuimoala Lolohea, Mason Lino (c), Sam Lisone (c), Kurt Robinson, Kouma Samson, Michael Ki, Adam Tuimavave-Gerrard, Jazz Tevaga. Interchange: James Bell, Toafofoa Sipley, Ken Maumalo, Iulio Afoa. Coach: Stacey Jones.

Sam Lisone was named at prop in the Holden Cup team of the year.[18] Solomone Kata won the Jack Gibson Medal as the grand final player of the match.[16]

  Qualifying / Elimination finals Semi-finals Preliminary finals Grand final
                                   
  QF1:   
1  Newcastle Knights 22  
4  St. George-Illawarra Dragons 30     SF1:   
     Newcastle Knights 16    
EF1:       NZ Warriors 23       PF1: 
5  Sydney Roosters 30        St. George-Illawarra Dragons 16  
8  NZ Warriors 44          Brisbane Broncos 24     GF: 
         Brisbane Broncos 32
  EF2:        PF2:       New Zealand Warriors 34
6  Wests Tigers 28          NZ Warriors 29  
7  South Sydney Rabbitohs 24     SF2:         Parramatta Eels 26  
     Wests Tigers 18    
QF2:       Brisbane Broncos 42    
2  Brisbane Broncos 26  
3  Parramatta Eels 32  


Awards[edit]

Simon Mannering was named the NRL Player of the Year and also received a Legacy award. Konrad Hurrell won the People’s Choice Award while Manu Vatuvei was the Club Person of the Year and the Players’ Player of the Year. David Fusitu’a was the NRL Rookie of the Year.[19]

The NSW Cup Player of the Year was Agnatius Paasi, who also won the NSW Cup Players’ Player of the Year award. Tuimoala Lolohea was the NSW Cup Rookie of the Year.[19]

Sam Lisone won the NYC Player of the Year and NYC Players’ Player of the Year awards while Brad Abbey was the NYC Rookie of the Year.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Elliott quits as Warriors coach nzherald.co.nz, 7 April 2014
  2. ^ Changes to Spine warriors.co.nz, 24 August 2014
  3. ^ Your club's pre-season guide nrl.com, 1 November 2013
  4. ^ Ben Barba to debut for Broncos in Dunedin stuff.co.nz, 19 November 2013
  5. ^ 2014 NRL trial game details nrl.com, 9 December 2013
  6. ^ Warriors to play Wigan in Hamilton nrl.com, 19 December 2013
  7. ^ Warriors name star-studded Nines squad nrl.com, 25 January 2014
  8. ^ Warriors to take three games to Eden Park nzherald.co.nz, 2 October 2013
  9. ^ a b c Mann and Smith return to club thewarriors.com.au, 29 September 2013
  10. ^ Sam Tomkins' NZ Warriors deal a world record stuff.co.nz, 24 September 2013
  11. ^ Three Vodafone Warriors teams in 2014 Archived 16 October 2013 at the Wayback Machine. thewarriors.com.au, 16 October 2013
  12. ^ Getting ready for Gisborne warriors.co.nz, 9 June 2014
  13. ^ Warriors reserves knocked out of NSW Cup stuff.co.nz, 14 September 2014
  14. ^ 2014 NSW CUP TEAM OF THE YEAR rugbyleagueweek.com.au, 21 September 2014
  15. ^ Junior Warriors triumph in Holden Cup nzherald.co.nz, 5 October 2014
  16. ^ a b Warriors survive Broncos scare to win Holden Cup nrl.com, 5 October 2014
  17. ^ Top two fall in Holden Cup finals nrl.com, 15 September 2014
  18. ^ Holden Cup Team of the Year Announced rugbyleagueweek.com.au, 2 September 2014
  19. ^ a b c Vodafone Warriors RED BALL Awards warriors.co.nz, 16 September 2014

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