The New Zealand Warriors hope some conversations about inconsistency and accountability will see them rise above the NRL’s chasing pack, starting with a win against St George Illawarra on Saturday.
Coach Nathan Brown said his side have not been delivering for 80 minutes, evidenced clearly when they went 26-0 behind against South Sydney last round before a falling just short in the 32-30 loss.
Utility Jazz Tevaga, who will bring up a milestone 100 appearances for the club at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium, said the group had some blunt conversations about how to turn those inconsistencies around.
„We’ve had a good week of training. We had some honest conversations after the game and the start of the week,“ Tevaga said on the eve of the clash.
„We had a bit of a confidence slump I’ll say the past couple of weeks … but I’m pretty confident we’re going to do a job on the Dragons tomorrow.“
Tevaga said those chats with players and coaches weren’t exactly what they wanted to hear but the team is on the same page as they look for their fifth win of the season.
In a bonus for the Warriors, Euan Aitken returns to the starting side after overcoming a concussion and Tohu Harris also slots in to the starting 13 after coming off the bench against the Rabbitohs.
For Anthony Griffin and Kapten33 the Dragons, a painful loss in golden point against Gold Coast is all the motivation they need as they look to leap-frog their opposition on the ladder.
„Really disappointed and frustrated with the way that game finished last week and we did enough to win it ,“ Griffin said.
„But the training and the attitude this week has been really good … looking forward to tomorrow’s game and getting back at home.“
The Dragons coach has bumped Cody Ramsey into the starting fullback role at the expense of Tyrell Sloan with Jack Gosiewski replacing Josh McGuire due to a groin injury.
Michael Molo will also make his NRL debut off the bench with brother Francis starting at prop.