Since Blake Green left the Auckland-based club to join Newcastle earlier this month, there has been a lot of anticipation for the Warriors to face the Knights in Round 16.
The veteran playmaker sustained an ACL injury to his right knee in the Knights’ win against the North Queensland Cowboys last weekend and will miss the rest of the season.
Warriors Lock Jazz Tevaga admitted he felt “disappointed” for his ex-teammate, but missing the clash probably wasn’t a bad thing for Green.
“I was looking forward to this one,” said Tevaga. “I’ve been giving it to him since he left and told him I was going to shoot you too late if you kicked. I didn’t care if I got the sentence, I just wanted to hit him.” . “
Another former Warriors star that will be getting extra attention is Mason Lino.
Lino came through the Warriors U20 system and played 17 first class games for the club. In his first NRL game of the year, he will take the field for the Knights in Green.
“Good old bricklayer,” said Tevaga. “I haven’t seen this guy in a while so I’ll go look for him. He hasn’t played footy in a while so I expect his ass to hang out.”
With only five games left, the Warriors have a mathematical chance of finishing in the top eight, but they have to win every game because the difference in points is smaller.
The Knights are currently seventh on the ladder but have a huge buffer for other teams outside of the top eight, which means they will almost certainly play final soccer.