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NRL Profile: New Zealand Warriors

New Zealand Warriors finished fourth on the NRL ladder in 2023 and will be out to emulate that position when the new season gets underway.

The Warriors were arguably the surprise package of last season and now have the tough job of trying to do even better in 2024.

Rival teams will know what to expect in the season ahead and it is down to coach Andrew Webster and his players to keep them guessing.

The Warriors can be backed at 3.50 to make the top four again, and they have the roster to do it if their key players stay fit.

Lets take a look at the Warriors ahead of 2024.

Warriors flying high

Heading into the 2023 NRL season, some were suggesting that the Warriors would be wooden-spoon contenders.

However, they turned out to be the complete opposite. The jury may have been out on new coach Webster, but he and his players proved all the doubters wrong.

They managed to pick up 16 wins throughout the regular season to finish in the top four and earn a double shot in finals.

The Warriors needed it as they lost the opening game 32-6 against a Penrith Panthers side who went on to win the grand final.

There was no shame in that and the Warriors bounced back well to smash Newcastle Knights 40-10 in the semi-final.

That win set up a preliminary final showdown with Brisbane Broncos, who ran out convincing 42-12 winners.

The Warriors can take plenty of heart from 2023 and should be in the mix for the top four once again.

Key players

The Warriors have a roster packed with quality and one of the stars of the side is halfback Shaun Johnson, who had an outstanding 2023.

In his 25 appearances he scored eight tries and booted 71 goals, but its the 33-year-old’s overall leadership and the way he makes the Warriors tick, that is most crucial.

Johnson will be key to the Warriors once again in 2024.

Winger Dallin Watene-Zelezniak was also massive in 2023, scoring 24 tries in 20 appearances.

In the forwards, Addin Fonua-Blake, Tohu Harris and Dylan Walker will be key players for the Warriors.

New signings

The Warriors have pulled off some massive signings for 2024, and the biggest coup looks to be the capture of Kurt Capewell from Brisbane Broncos.

Capewell, who represents Queensland at State of Origin, still had a year to run on his deal with a Broncos side who look set to challenge for the title in 2024.

The fact that the second-rower gave that up for a switch to the Warriors says it all. Capewell’s experience and skills will be huge for the Warriors.

The club have also secured further big signings with both Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Chanel Harris-Tavita tied down for 2024 and beyond.

New Zealand Warriors have a stronger squad for 2024 and can be backed at 19.00 to go on and win the grand final.

Sharks opener

The Warriors get their campaign underway with a home clash against another side hoping to push for the top four, Cronulla Sharks.

New Zealand are priced at 1.60 to begin with a win, while the Sharks are 2.35.

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