Metcalf makes impressive debut as Warriors face Broncos with five players on Origin duty
The New Zealand Warriors suffered an unfortunate 10-point defeat against the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday, with five of their key players on Origin duty. Despite this, young gun Reece Walsh and new signing Matt Lodge made their presence felt, but it was the debut of Sean O’Sullivan and the impressive performance of Rocco Berry and Euan Aitken that caught attention.
The Warriors vs Broncos game
The Warriors travelled to Brisbane to face the Broncos at the Suncorp Stadium, with five players missing due to State of Origin duties. The Broncos themselves were without their star players, including Payne Hass, Queensland forward, and John Asiata was sidelined due to a calf injury.
Rookie Metcalf’s debut
The Warriors handed a debut to midfielder Sean O’Sullivan, with Kodi Nikorima also missing due to Origin duties. But it was rookie halfback, Paul Turner’s replacement, Riley Metcalf, who impressed the most. The 20-year-old had a busy game, making 48 tackles and having a key role in the team’s offense.
Impressive performances by Berry and Aitken
Rocco Berry and Euan Aitken formed a confident pair in the Warriors’ centre, making a total of 308 running metres between them. They were instrumental in the team’s attack, scoring two of the three tries for the Warriors. Berry had an excellent game, scoring his first NRL try and playing a crucial role in the attack with six tackle breaks.
Warriors’ defeat to Broncos
In the end, the Warriors were unsuccessful in their attempt to secure victory over the Broncos, conceding 24 points and scoring just 14. Despite the loss, the Warriors showed glimpses of their potential and gave fans a reason to hope for a better future.
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Summary: The New Zealand Warriors faced the Brisbane Broncos in the absence of five of their players due to State of Origin duties. Despite their best efforts, the Warriors lost by 10 points but had impressive performances from debutante Sean O’Sullivan and rookies Rocco Berry and Euan Aitken. Rookie halfback Riley Metcalf impressed with his debut, with a total of 48 tackles and playing a key role in the team’s offense. #NEWS