New Zealand Warriors
BRAD WALTER Warriors players have received a dressing down after some were seen on television smiling and laughing at full time in Saturday night's record 62-6 loss to Penrith.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS It was those who once were Warriors that haunted their former club as the Panthers racked up 62 points to send Matt Elliott from Penrith with an all-too-familiar headache.
Michael Carayannis Only moments after the Panthers stunned defending premiers Melbourne last Sunday, Lewis Brown received a text message of encouragement from former skipper Simon Mannering.
Warrior Feleti Mateo has credited being lucky as a major reason for his lengthy unbroken run of NRL appearances.
Centrebet Stadium, Penrith, Saturday 7.30pm (AEST)
Ben Stanley The curse of Wellington – and a typical final-quarter collapse – has hit the Warriors yet again, with the Bulldogs sneaking past the nominal home side 24-16 at Westpac Stadium on Saturday night.
David Long There is an unlikely figure behind Ben Matulino playing for the Warriors against the Bulldogs in Wellington on Saturday - Piri Weepu.
Westpac Stadium, Wellington, Saturday 5.30pm (AEST)
David Long On the plus side of the Warriors' win over the Gold Coast Titans on Sunday was that they were able to record their second win in nine months and move off the bottom of the points table.
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, Sunday 12.00pm (AEST)
David Long The Warriors are likely to win any bidding war to secure the services of England's Sam Tomkins next year.
STEVE MASCORD Coach Warren Ryan called it ''a try for the ages'' - and it kept alive Melbourne Storm's bid to complete an unbeaten run which will be remembered for ages.
STEVE MASCORD Seventies rugby league star Russell Fairfax says the current Melbourne side deserves to beat the record of 19 consecutive wins set by his Roosters team - and will get a step closer to making history by outclassing the Warriors on Thursday night.
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Thursday 7pm (AEST)
Warriors Captain Simon Mannering, winger Manu Vatuvei and centre Dane Nielsen have all been ruled out of the Anzac Day NRL match against the unbeaten Melbourne Storm because of injury.
State Of Origin
MICHAEL CHAMMAS The trio NSW coach Laurie Daley had earmarked as his Origin X-factors have had very little impact at club level this season and has left the Blues mentor scratching for answers.
JON TUXWORTH Canberra Raiders are fast forging a reputation as the NRL's new comeback kings.
LEE GASKIN Catch all the action from Canberra Stadium as the Raiders take on the Warriors from 7.30pm.
Canberra Stadium, Saturday 7.30pm (AEST)
Ben Stanley Watching on a Sydney television set, Hollywood actor Russell Crowe got the best birthday present he could hope for from his beloved Rabbitohs on Sunday.
Robert Lowe A smile comes across Ben Matulino's face when he contemplates the job that lies ahead for the Warriors' forwards in Sunday's NRL clash with South Sydney.
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, Sunday 2pm (AEST, 4pm local)
David Long The streak is over and no longer are the Warriors the most embarrassing team in the NRL.
Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, Monday 4pm (AEDT, 6pm local)
GLENN JACKSON Beau Ryan stood in the Cronulla dressing room with a sign which read ''Bring Back Sharpie''. As always, the Cronulla winger knew how to take the pressure out of a moment like he was simply popping a balloon.
David Long The Warriors have moved to head off approaches to Feleti Mateo and are poised to re-sign the influential back-rower.
Toyota Stadium, Sunday 2pm (AEDT)
Ben Stanley The Warriors' dry spell in the NRL continues.
Eden Park, Auckland, Saturday 5.30pm (AEDT)