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New Zealand Warriors 2017 Season Review

  • New Zealand Warriors 2017 Season Review

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 27: Shaun Johnson of the Warriors looks on during the round 25 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Manly Sea Eagles at Mt Smart Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

  • New Zealand Warriors 2017 Season Review

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 27: Ryan Hoffman of the Warriors looks on during the round 25 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Manly Sea Eagles at Mt Smart Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

  • New Zealand Warriors 2017 Season Review

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 27: Shaun Johnson and Kieran Foran of the Warriors look on after losing the round 25 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Manly Sea Eagles at Mt Smart Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

  • New Zealand Warriors 2017 Season Review

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 27: Head Coach Stephen Kearney of the Warriors reacts after losing the round 25 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Manly Sea Eagles at Mt Smart Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

  • New Zealand Warriors 2017 Season Review

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 27: Simon Mannering of the Warriors reacts during the round 25 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Manly Sea Eagles at Mt Smart Stadium on August 27, 2017 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

The one thing consistent about the Warriors is that they sure as hell can produce the same old season review year after year. Six years in a row of disappointment in fact, after a star-studded Warriors side underachieved and failed to make the finals yet again.

The signing of Kieran Foran was viewed as the extra piece to the puzzle that could lift the Warriors back into the top eight however injury troubles hindered him from playing at his best for a long period of time. Foran's stay at the Warriors wasn't to be for long, following the announcement - 5 games into his Warriors career- that he was off to the Bulldogs in 2018.

Despite fielding the New Zealand national side's spine for half of their games (Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Kieran Foran, Shaun Johnson and Issac Luke), they struggled to be on song at the same time with 'RTS' being the most consistent performer of the quartet.

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With 7 wins and 8 losses with 10 rounds remaining, the Warriors were well in the finals equation, however they lost their last nine games to end the season on the worst note possible, limping to a 13th placed finish. It's an ending that rings all too familiar. In 2012 and 2015, they lost their last eight games. In 2016 they lost their last four and this year lost their last nine. The Warriors need to start building a mentality that can last 26 weeks and more in order to grow a winning attitude and keep pushing themselves for the rest of the season.

The appointment of a born Kiwi as coach failed to work leaving one question unanswered as to why this Warriors side has declined so rapidly since their Grand Final appearance in 2011? Is there a toxic culture within the Warriors? Is it the style of play? Five coaches have taken the reigns at some point in the past six years yet nothing seems to have changed to ignite the Warriors' fans with hope for the future. Children at a New Zealand primary school were forced to apologise to the club after asking 'inappropriate questions along the lines of "why are the warriors always losing?" These questions arguably echoed what most die-hard Warriors fans are thinking. They're not the questions that the players want to hear, but perhaps its the motivation they need to stop the rot and play for the jersey and play for the passionate fans.

While big signing Adam Blair has been added to their 2018 roster, loyal servant of nine years and over 180 games Jacob Lillyman departs as does Ryan Hoffman after three years of service, leaving a gaping hole of rugby league experience needing to be filled.

Best player- Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Top Tryscorer-David Fusitu'a (12)

Top Pointscorer-Shaun Johnson (108)

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