After an impressive performance against the Dragons, Dallin Watene-Zelezniak found himself in an unexpected situation. Paul Gallen, one of the NRL‘s toughest forwards, approached him and requested a whiff of his luscious locks. Surprised by the unusual request, the veteran winger obliged, allowing Gallen to inhale the scent of his mullet. Watene-Zelezniak admitted to being taken aback, stating, “Usually it’s just to touch it, but I was quite shocked. It’s the first time someone has asked to smell it.” He added that he felt compelled to comply, fearing that Gallen might knock him out if he refused.
To his relief, Gallen remarked that Watene-Zelezniak’s hair smelled nice, providing positive feedback after the game. The sight of the Warriors player sprinting towards the in-goal area with his hair flowing behind him has become an iconic image for the team’s fans in 2023. Watene-Zelezniak’s exceptional form this season, which includes scoring 10 tries in his last five games, can be attributed to the coaching of Andrew Webster. Like many of his teammates, the 27-year-old is experiencing the best form of his career, averaging 171 run metres per game and already securing 12 tries.
When asked about his outstanding performance, the Kiwi international credited his strong family support. He emphasised the importance of having a balanced routine that includes quality time with his wife and children. Watene-Zelezniak explained, “When I am getting away from footy, I am really getting away from footy.” Moving back to New Zealand was a deliberate choice for him, wanting his family to experience the country where he grew up. He expressed his happiness, stating, “We are living it up here and really enjoying our time.”
A win against South Sydney on Friday would not only mark the first time since 2018 that the Warriors have won four consecutive games in a season but also potentially propel them into the top four of the Telstra Premiership standings, depending on other results. The team is focused on maintaining their winning streak and achieving their goals for the season.