The Warriors are due in town in a week and head coach Matthew
Elliott says the team can not wait to head south.
The game between the Warriors and the Brisbane Broncos at
Forsyth Barr Stadium on February 23 will be the first time
NRL clubs have played in Dunedin.
Elliott is really looking forward to coming to Dunedin and
seeing the covered stadium.
''I can't wait, to be honest. I think that from an
organisational point of view, to be able to play the first
game of league at the stadium is something to be really
excited about,'' Elliott told the Otago Daily Times.
''From a personal point of view, to be able to get down and
play on the stadium is a real thrill. I have heard a lot
about the stadium and it is just a wonderful opportunity for
He encouraged supporters in the South to get along and watch
the game, as a league game up close was different to watching
it on television.
The Warriors started their pre-season with a 42-24 loss to
the Gold Coast Titans in Australia, and play the Penrith
Panthers in Hamilton today.
The match against the Broncos will be their final trial
before they kick off the season against the Paramatta Eels in
Sydney on March 9. Their first home game is against the
Sydney Roosters at Eden Park on March 16.
Elliot said the club wanted to get off to a good start to the
season, so pre-season matches were important.
''From what I know, points at the start of the season are
worth exactly the same as those at the end of the season.
After what happened at the end of last season then we do want
to get off to a good start.''
The Warriors had a disappointing season last year, finishing
in 14th place. But Elliot said the side had not dwelled too
much on last year.
''You can over-analyse that sort of things sometimes when the
focus has to be on what is ahead and the new season, what we
really need to do now and what is in front of us.''
Elliot was pleased with the trial against the Titans but said
many of the players were young and there was a lack of
A stronger side would face the Panthers, and for the game in
Dunedin it would be as full strength as possible.
''We'll be looking to bring down a squad of 19 and those
extra two will only play a limited part in the game. The
opposition are going to be strong so we need to be on our
Elliot said the Warriors saw it as part of their job to be
ambassadors for the sport. They took it seriously, so would
be carrying out promotions for the sport while in Dunedin.
The Warriors will name their side on Tuesday, as is their
practice during the season, and arrive in Dunedin on
About 10,000 tickets have already been sold for the game. The
NRL clash is being played the night after the Highlanders
start their Super 15 rugby season with a match against the
Chiefs at the stadium.