Cover image of Tawera Nikau

Tawera Nikau Podcasts

Read more

5 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Tawera Nikau. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Tawera Nikau, often where they are interviewed.

Read more

5 of The Best Podcast Episodes for Tawera Nikau. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about Tawera Nikau, often where they are interviewed.

Updated daily with the latest episodes

Episode artwork

Tawera Nikau reviews the Warriors performance against the Melbourne Storm

Play
Read more
Warriors forward Adam Blair admits the team have a problem dealing with adversity in games – and belief dips when things go against them.
Speaking after the side's 32-10 loss to Melbourne on Saturday night, the 33-year-old veteran said the team is currently "not tough enough as a group" to stay in the contest when momentum turns late in matches.
It's a staggering admission, especially from a senior player, but is also refreshingly honest.
And it's the only way to explain the bizarre sequence on Saturday night, where one of the Warriors' best opening 30 minutes of the season was followed by an ugly collapse, as the Storm scored 30 unanswered points.
The worst aspect of the reversal was just after halftime; Melbourne scored from their opening set after the kickoff, which seemed to drain all the fight out of the Warriors.
Saturday's defeat was their fourth on the trot at home, and continued a pattern of fading after halftime.
"You start the second half and something doesn't go your way, and it's kinda like we think it is too tough," said Blair. "We forget about all the hard work that we have done in the first half and we don't go back to doing the same thing we were.
"It seems like when we get on the back foot it's too hard for us to get back in it, or we are thinking that someone else will do the job for us. When you go back over the performances [at home] we do struggle in the back half of games; sometimes it's because things don't go our way and we are not tough enough as a group to find our way of it."
The Warriors led 10-2 after 19 minutes, thanks to well-constructed tries to Ken Maumalo and Kodi Nikorima.
Momentum began to turn soon after that, helped by a succession of penalties to the visitors, but the Warriors were staying in the fight, though Jahrome Hughes' try four minutes before halftime was critical.
Storm coach Craig Bellamy conceded it gave his side a boost, after they had struggled for much of the first spell, and it also seemed to deflate the Warriors.
"We didn't start well in the second half," said Blair. "You go into halftime thinking about what you are going to do in the second half, your attitude and what you are going to put out there and we didn't do what we said we were going to do. Felt like we were on the back foot for the rest of the half."
Blair conceded the Warriors' belief seemed to go south early in the second half, and they never recovered.
"It shouldn't drop because what we did in the first half, and what we have done in most games in the first half we have been in the game and really competitive."
"It shouldn't drop but I think at times…not the whole group, but there might be subconsciously in some people's heads, the games getting too tough and we are looking for other people to do a better job or other people to do a job that we should all be doing."
Blair is in line to celebrate his 300th NRL match on Friday against the Titans, but admits that impending milestone has been a distraction in 2019.
"Hopefully everything goes well after this game and I am in the team," said Blair. "It was half my problem this year, most probably trying to protect that. Getting caught up in that, not playing the game in front of me and thinking what's ahead and the big picture."
Jun 10 2019 · 8mins
Episode artwork

Tawera Nikau on the Warriors latest defeats

Play
Read more
The Warriors insist their defensive issues can be fixed – but admit their confidence has taken a hammering over the last two games.
The Auckland team has had a nightmare fortnight, with back to back performances that conjured up memories of the bad old days.
Gone was the resilience and hunger on defence they displayed last year, when only four teams conceded fewer tries across the NRL season.
In the space of 46 minutes at Campbelltown in round two the Tigers crossed for six tries, as the Warriors had no answers. On Sunday in Christchurch their defence was even more porous, as Manly scored eight tries, and could have had four or five more.
It was a tough watch. Not only did the Warriors seem powerless at times to stop the Sea Eagles rolling up field – they often made 70 or 80 metres in a set – but they couldn't defend their line, and several Manly tries came from short range.
The Warriors were on their heels, and grabbed and clawed at tackles, instead of driving with intent.
"Defence is plain and simple," said prop Bunty Afoa. "It's about attitude and connection. In the middle we have to stay tight on the rucks. We were worrying about the shifts too much and us middles have got to stay real tight.
"We were just too loose and our first up contact wasn't strong enough too. And when they get offloads, we have to try and shut it down, but we also have to stay calm."
Tohu Harris' struggles on Saturday epitomized the Warriors' current issues. He's recognized as one of the best defenders in the sport, but the Kiwis back rower missed six tackles as the left edge was repeatedly fractured.
"It is little things that we need to improve that led to those moments," Harris told Sky Television. "Little things early on in our sets, things to do with our contact. If we clean those up then the back end of our sets we will be a lot tidier and we can stop those points coming in. [But] two weeks in a row we have let it pile in and that's not good enough in this competition."
What about the absence of Simon Mannering? The long time captain was the king of the 'one per centers'; so strong in the ruck, on the kick chase and cutting off a potential break, but Afoa believes the team can thrive without their former captain.
"I have full confidence in all the boys," said Afoa. "We have a lot of boys that work hard on the field and we take pride in our defence. But on Sunday we didn't really show it. Hopefully we can bounce back well."
The Warriors have dived badly over the last two weeks, but Afoa insists the team remain buoyant.
"A lot of people have asked that question about our confidence," said Afoa. "Yeah, we are a bit down at the moment. We trained really well throughout [last] week and we wanted to come out firing after a disappointing performance against the Tigers.
"But we are trying to stay tight. We can't let one another down [and] in these moments it shows what kind of character we have as a team. We have to stay real tight."
Factbox: Eight days of pain for WarriorsPoints conceded: 80Tries conceded: 14Missed tackles: 78Line breaks conceded: 10Errors: 23Penalties conceded: 15Ineffective tackles: 37
Apr 01 2019 · 8mins
Episode artwork

Tawera Nikau: Warriors vs Storm preview

Play
Read more
Former Melbourne Storm player Tawera Nikau joins D'arcy and Goran to discuss Sunday’s big clash between the Warriors and Storm at Mount Smart Stadium.
LISTEN ABOVE AS TAWERA NIKAU SPEAKS TO D'ARCY AND GORAN
Jul 20 2018 · 9mins
Episode artwork

Tawera Nikau: Warriors vs Storm preview

Play
Read more
Former Melbourne Storm player Tawera Nikau joins D'arcy and Goran to discuss Sunday’s big clash between the Warriors and Storm at Mount Smart Stadium.
LISTEN ABOVE AS TAWERA NIKAU SPEAKS TO D'ARCY AND GORAN
Jul 20 2018 · 9mins
Episode artwork

Tawera Nikau: We're not angry Taumalolo is playing for Tonga

Play
Read more
Tawerau Nikau discusses the Kiwis squad for the Rugby League World Cup and the fallout from Jason Taumalolo's decision to turn his back on New Zealand.
LISTEN ABOVE AS TAWERA NIKAU SPOKE WITH THE RADIO SPORT BREAKFAST
Oct 06 2017 · 9mins