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Warriors handed tough road to playoffs as NRL draw announced

Shaun Johnson and the Warriors face a tough draw in the NRL next season.

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Shaun Johnson and the Warriors face a tough draw in the NRL next season.

The Warriors have been handed the toughest road to the playoffs, after the 2018 NRL draw was announced on Thursday.

The Warriors will have to play a string of big games on the road, as well as two matches against competition heavyweights Roosters, Storm, Cowboys and Broncos.

The Warriors begin against South Sydney in Perth on March 10 and wind up by hosting back-to-back Friday night home games against Penrith on August 24 and Canberra on August 31.

The first home match at Mount Smart Stadium is against Gold Coast on St Patrick’s Day (March 17).

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The clubs the Warriors face once in 2018 are Cronulla (home), Newcastle (home), Wests Tigers (home), Manly (away), Parramatta (away) and Canterbury-Bankstown (away).

The Warriors will begin the season on a nine-game losing streak.

Meanwhile, North Queensland will only have to wait until round three to try to avenge their grand final loss to Melbourne.

The Cowboys will visit the Storm at AAMI Park on March 22, as part of the reduced 25-round competition which sees each team receive one bye and a full week off for the stand-alone Origin weekend.

Warriors Draw 

Round 1: Rabbitohs, nib Stadium, Perth on March 10

Round 2: Titans, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland on March 17

Round 3: Raiders, GIO Stadium, Canberra on March 24

Round 4: Roosters, Allianz Stadium, Sydney on March 31

Round 5: Cowboys, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland on April 7

Round 6: Broncos, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland on April 14

Round 7: Dragons, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland on April 20

Round 8: Storm, AAMI Park, Melbourne on April 25

Round 9: Wests Tigers, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland on May 5

Round 10: Roosters, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland on May 12

Round 11: Eels, ANZ Stadium, Sydney on May 18

Round 12: Rabbitohs, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland on May 26

Round 13: Bye

Round 14: Sea Eagles, AMI Stadium, Christchurch on June 9

Round 15: Cowboys, 1300SMILES Stadium, Townsville on June 15

Round 16: Sharks, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland on June 29

Round 17: Panthers, Panthers Stadium, Penrith on July 6

Round 18: Broncos, Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on July 15

Round 19: Storm, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland on July 22

Round 20: Titans, Cbus Super Stadium, Robina on July 29

Round 21: Dragons, WIN Stadium, Wollongong on August 4

Round 22:  Knights, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland on August 10

Round 23: Bulldogs, ANZ Stadium, Sydney on August 19

Round 24: Panthers, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland on August 24

Round 25: Raiders, Mount Smart Stadium, Auckland on August 31.

 

 


 – Stuff

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