Mike Hosking: Is Warriors upheaval the key to their comeback?

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Mon, 10 Aug 2020, 5:05PM
Nathan Brown talks to the media in 2019. Photo / Getty Images

Mike Hosking: Is Warriors upheaval the key to their comeback?

Author
Mike Hosking,
Publish Date
Mon, 10 Aug 2020, 5:05PM

I feel a bit remiss over my beloved Warriors.

Normally we would start a Monday off the back of a win, with a word or two about how good it was, how good they are, how inspiring it all is, and how this is our year.

I haven't done it this year for fairly obvious reasons, apart from the start when I think we were all immeasurably uplifted by the NRL in general basically being the first in the world to get a major season back up and running under the most arduous of circumstances.

Peter V’landys who runs league still deserves every recognition for what he managed to achieve and we still enjoy week in week out. While other sports still struggle, for all intents and purposes, the league has had a pretty normal looking season.

The Warriors, though, have not only had to park up in another country, they've seen their owners take an already tricky season and tip it on its head.

Which makes the last two weeks little short of spectacular. Let’s be honest, two wins in a row is a reason to celebrate at the best of times, far less in a season like this. Hell, they’re three points outside the top eight.

To boost a good win and two good weekends we have Nathan Brown and Phil Gould lining up to turn it all round next year and take us to the promised land. The trick to upheaval is if you create it, it better be part of a big picture plan.

In other words, it better pay off.

Steven Kearney's demise was shockingly timed. Add the players who went home, the bulk of them who weren't hangers-on, they are major stars. Add blake greens treatment which I still argue was pretty shabby.

Look at people like Tuivasa-Sheck, who is without his family and the only bloke there with out his family, and one of the games greatest talents, surrounded by an increasing array of part-timers and loan players and a coach who didn’t want the job, and you'd forgive him for going bugger this for a game of soldiers.

And yet through it all, they stitch together two glorious wins in a row.

Adversity is a wonderful leveller. You learn who your mates are and you learn how deep you can dig when times are tough.

And no one’s had it tougher than the Warriors, and yet, as the Tigers and Manly will attest, the Warriors on their day are still magic, and if they can do it when it’s tough, imagine what awaits when life is back to normal.