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    Warriors have to get A-game back asap

    The Warriors don't have time to lick their wounds if they want to make the NRL's top eight, coach Ivan Cleary says.

    A Warriors winning streak was snapped last Sunday when a desperate South Sydney managed to beat the New Zealand side 38-28 at ANZ Stadium, as the Bunnies claimed their first win in three games.

    Cleary admits his lads didn't perform to the same standard that had seen them bag five on the trot and become serious finals contenders, but the Warriors need to dust themselves off before Sunday's home game against the Gold Coast.

    Advertisement: Story continues below"After our performance on the weekend we're probably below our standard of the last couple of months," Cleary said.

    "(We) need to get it back pretty quickly.

    "It's not like we didn't want to win but we were just a cog down from where (the Rabbitohs) were and that's often enough to determine who wins and who loses so hopefully we can get that edge back this weekend."

    Cleary has his sights set on accumulating 30 points which he thinks will be enough to secure a spot in the top eight.

    The Warriors are currently sitting sixth and are one of three sides on 24 points, alongside the Titans.

    It will be a double blow for Gold Coast if the Warriors manage to come away with a win at Mt Smart. Not only will the Titans make it harder for themselves to finish up at the top of a cluttered table, they'll gift their playoff rivals two points.

    After Sunday, the Warriors will be keen to get a couple of early wins away in the coming weeks against strugglers Cronulla and Newcastle before facing tough games against Manly, Brisbane and Parramatta at the pointy end of the regular season.

    But in-form Warriors second-rower Lewis Brown isn't getting complacent.

    "People are saying we've got Manly and the Knights in the next couple of weeks and they're going to be easy wins for us but you look at them, in the NRL anyone can beat anyone on the day," he said.

    "We've got six weeks before the finals, there's such a big log jam amongst the top eight there, so we're still not trying to get ahead of ourselves."

    Brown, who scored a double against the Rabbitohs last weekend, will step in for injured centre Jerome Ropati - out for three weeks with a groin injury - meaning he could mark up against robust centre, and former Warrior, Clinton Toopi.

    Young gun Bill Tupou will return to the wing for his ninth first-grade match, replacing Kevin Locke who's out for a fortnight with a hamstring complaint.

    With Brown reverting to the centres, Ukuma Ta'ai will start in the second row and, in another change, Ben Matulino comes into the run-on combination in the front row.

    A five-man bench includes Jacob Lillyman, who was 18th man against the Rabbitohs, and Joel Moon.

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    Finals-bound Warriors?

    Three wins from their remaining six matches will ensure the Warriors feature in finals football this year.

    With the Sharks and Knights on the agenda after the Gold Coast Titans head to Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday, the club is odds-on favourite to rectify a poor 2009 season where it finished 14th of 16 teams.

    Historically, 30 points is enough to secure a top-eight berth. The Warriors are sixth with 24 points, while the Titans sit one place behind them on the NRL ladder.

    Against South Sydney last week the Warriors led 20-10 at half time, but conceded 28 second half points to lose 28-38, their first loss for five weeks. But fullback Lance Hohaia says that defeat has not dented confidence.

    "I think it [the loss] could be a good thing," Hohaia said.

    "It takes the pressure off. Maybe we needed to have a loss. It's a good time for us to refocus on what got us those [five] wins [in a row]."

    "We've got six games left and I don't see why we can't win the majority of those. Everyone feels the same way."

    Defence has been the backbone of the Warriors' recent success but last week they lacked urgency and desperation.

    "We've prided ourselves on our defence over the last month and it's improved out of sight," Hohaia said.

    "We took a step backwards [against the Rabbitohs], but we'll regain that discipline this week."

    With Jerome Ropati out for at least two weeks with a groin injury, Lewis Brown will again switch from the back-row to the centres, proving his vaulable versatility.

    Regardless of where he is stationed, Brown, a converted dummy-half, has produced dynamic form this year.

    "He's been playing great footy. He's been one of our best for most of the season," Hohaia said of the 23-year-old Cantabrian.

    Brown balances a powerful forearm fend with agility, vision, and strength. He said a spot in the backline was not a permanent option, but he did enjoy the freedom it supplied.

    "It's a plus I'm in the centre's this week," Brown said.

    "You don't make as many tackles as in the back-row, which gives me more energy in attack. I'll look to get the ball in my hands more."

    Warriors coach Ivan Cleary said his side was performing well below the standards set over the last couple of months.

    Cleary was full of praise for Bill Tupou, who will replace the injured Kevin Locke (hamstring) for the next two matches.

    "Every time he's gone back to the [Under] 20s he's played well and his last two NRL games were excellent," Cleary said. "He's coming off good form and I'm really confident he'll do a good job for us."

    The Titans fly to Auckland minus New South Wales five-eighth Greg Bird (hamstring) and Queensland lock Ashley Harrison (knee), but they will be buoyant after pipping the table-topping Dragons 11-10 in the last 50 seconds of golden point extra-time last week.

    In fullback Preston Campbell, halfback Scott Prince, hooker Nathan Friend and five-eighth Matt Rogers, they have little men who can cut you to pieces in an instant.

    "They're going to come over here hungry. They've got some creative, crafty little guys. We're going to have to be on top of our game. I'm confident we've got enough talent in our side to win," Hohaia said.

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    Full interview with Warriors coach Ivan Cleary

    The Warriors winning momentum came to and end last weekend when they were beaten 38-28 by the Rabbitohs.

    The loss brings a five game winning streak to an end. They sit sixth on the competition ladder.


    Round 21 of the NRL sees the Warriors take on the Titans, who currently one place behind them, at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday.

    3 News reporter Sam Ackerman spoke with Warriors coach Ivan Cleary.

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    no locke
    our chances have improved alot now! hehe
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    Oh boy. Looks like we are in for more of the wet weather in Round 21!

    Weather forecast for Auckland: RAIN.
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    Warriors 'way off' as finals loom

    The end of the Warriors' five-game winning streak should act as the club's 'wake-up call' to lift their efforts before the finals begin, lock Micheal Luck has warned.

    The Warriors lost just 38-28 to Souths last Sunday, with the Rabbits scoring a last-minute converted try - but they believe they were genuinely a well-beaten side.

    ''Probably not on the scoreboard, but in terms of the way we played we were a long way off where we should have been,'' admitted standoff James Maloney. ''It's probably a positive that we were so far off where we should've been, but the game was still there to be won.''

    The Warriors now sit sixth, just two points inside a very compressed top eight, and ahead of the revived Titans, who visit Mt Smart on Sunday, only on points differential and Luck says the time to improve their attitude is right now.

    ''Last weekend, we went right away from the things that have been working for us,'' he said.

    ''Scoring 28 points should be enough to win two games, let alone one. For whatever reason, the same intensity we've had the last couple of months wasn't there at the weekend - it's something we've got to fix.

    ''Good teams [maintain that]: I hope it's our wake-up call now and that everyone sees that to be a real force in this competition you have to maintain consistency and intent through six and a half months of footy. We've got to get back on the job this weekend.''

    Luck called the Titans a ''bloody good'' football side who rely on their playmaking trio of Nathan Friend, Scott Prince and Mat Rogers. They are unchanged, giving another opportunity to former Warriors centre Clinton Toopi.

    The Warriors rarely have that opportunity and with Kevin Locke and Jerome Ropati their latest casualties, coach Ivan Cleary's biggest selection decision this week is the shift of backrower Lewis Brown into the centres to cover for Ropati, ahead of Joel Moon, who is included on an extended bench. ''I think he's the best man for the job,'' Cleary said of Brown, who has filled in at centre during several matches this year after starting in the pack.

    ''I still see him as backrower, but if you've got the athletic qualities, [the two positions] are not all that different.''

    Cleary was just as critical of his side's efforts last weekend as they were, declaring the Souths performance as ''not up to standard''.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DIEHARD View Post
    Oh boy. Looks like we are in for more of the wet weather in Round 21!

    Weather forecast for Auckland: RAIN.
    Our guys played in the wet last week against the Dragons & have been training in it this week so it won't be a problem...the boys are very confident
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    Preview from TheWarriors.com.au

    Preview: Warriors v Titans

    VENUE & TIME: Mt Smart Stadium, Sunday August 1, 12.00pm (AEST)
    COVERAGE: Channel 9
    HEAD TO HEAD: Warriors 2, Titans 4
    LAST TIME: Titans 24 - Warriors 18 at Skilled Park, Round 1, 2010

    WALKING WOUNDED: The Warriors' feeble bodies continue to crumble with centre Jerome Ropati out for up to three weeks with a groin strain and wing Kevin Locke suffering a hamstring injury. That sees in-form back-rower Lewis Brown cover Ropati and big Bill Tupou comes in for his ninth NRL appearance. Prop Sam Rapira is also still restricted by an ongoing knee injury.
    The visitors travel to Auckland without two key proven performers. New South Wales star Greg Bird and Queensland's Mr Dependable Ashley Harrison are both sidelined. Mat Rogers assumes the second-receiver role for the second week and Clinton Toopi stands in at centre, against his former club.

    FORM: The Warriors were flat last week in losing 38-28 to South Sydney, with 28 second-half points showing how weak the defensive effort was. The defeat snapped a five-match winning streak that saw the club climb to fourth on the ladder.

    Gold Coast pulled off a miraculous last-minute golden-point win over the league-leading Dragons last week. However, the victory masks three consecutive losses prior to that match.

    WHO'S HOT: The tag-team Warriors hookers are an underrated combination. Aaron Heremaia provides footwork and ball-playing ability, while Ian Henderson's aggression and spark off the bench is invaluable.
    Rogers will be brimming with confidence after slotting the drop goal that sank the Dragons last week. The Titans' little men have to be watched closely. Scott Prince, Preston Campbell, Rogers and Nathan Friend team up for a lethal combination that catches tiring forwards napping in and around the ruck.

    WE THINK: The Warriors are sixth and the Titans seventh so you don't want to miss this match-up. Both sides will be desperate to claim another two competition points that will cement their spot in the top eight in the run-in to the playoffs. Over the past month or so the Warriors have grown in confidence as a unit and you don't lose that in one week. All the noises at training this week pointed at reclaiming their desperation in defence and if that happens their crowd will get them home. Warriors by 6

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    Tupou looking to get on NRL scoresheet



    A prolific tryscorer at under-20s level, Warriors winger Bill Tupou is looking to break his duck in the NRL on Sunday.

    Tupou's year has been divided between the Junior Warriors and the club's first-grade side, for whom he made his debut against Manly in April when he came in for an injured Manu Vatuvei.

    He has gone on to make eight NRL appearances and gets his chance to add to that tally against the Gold Coast in Auckland, again as an injury replacement.

    This time, he will in for Kevin Locke, who picked up a hamstring complaint in the loss to South Sydney last weekend, and he will partner centre Brent Tate on the right-hand side of the field.

    During 2-1/2 seasons with the Junior Warriors, Tupou, who turned 20 this month, has scored 35 tries in 45 matches.

    His strike rate this year is seven from eight, including a hat-trick against the Canterbury Bulldogs.

    But he has yet to get over the line in first grade.

    "I just have to back up," Tupou said.

    "Tatey is one of the best line-breakers in the 'comp' and I just have to follow him and make sure I'm ready for his pass."

    He admitted that getting that first NRL try was something he thought about "always, all the time".

    "But you just have to think about the things you have to do before scoring a try," he said.

    "The try comes at the end of that."

    Tupou's last NRL match was away to Penrith, when the Warriors produced a huge defensive effort to hold out for a 12-6 win, and he was rapt with his recall.

    Moving between the two competitions did present challenges, given the quicker pace and more physical nature of the NRL.

    But he was happy with his situation and said it was up to him to prove to coach Ivan Cleary and assistant Tony Iro that he deserved his spot.

    The part of his game that he was most pleased about in terms of development this year was his defence.

    "It started off a bit shifty," he said.

    "But Ivan and Tony gave me pointers that I worked on, and the boys helped me out as well."

    Cleary had plenty of praise for what Tupou had done with the opportunities he had been given so far.

    He said Tupou had probably produced only one sub-par performance, against Wests Tigers in late May, but he wasn't the only one that night as the Warriors fell to a 6-50 defeat.

    "I think he's done a great job," Cleary said.

    "He's probably only had the one game against Wests Tigers where he had an off night and he wasn't Robinson Crusoe. The good thing is that he bounced straight back."

    As for Tupou's lack of tries in the NRL so far, Cleary was more excited than concerned.

    "We haven't discussed that, but that excites me, because a tryscorer is never too far away," he said.

    "It might be this week."

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    Injured Titans pair long odds for Sunday

    TITANS Origin stars Ashley Harrison and Greg Bird continue to be at long odds of lining up against the Warriors after again training with the injured squad today.

    While the rest of the team ran drills, lock Harrison and five-eighth Bird were part of a separate group completing rehabilitation exercises.

    Harrison is battling a knee injury, while Bird is making steady progress back from a hamstring strain.

    A small chance remains they will bolt into the side to clash with the Warriors in New Zealand on Sunday, but the star duo is more likely to return against the Parramatta Eels at Skilled Park next Friday.

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    Titans duo keen for happy return in NZ
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    Jetstar Gold Coast Titans duo Bodene Thompson and Clinton Toopi are hopeful of making it a happy homecoming when they return to their native New Zealand to take on the Warriors in Auckland on Sunday.

    The match marks a special occasion for rising talent Thompson, whose New Zealand-based father has never seen him play a game of rugby league after he took up the game at age 16 when he moved to the Gold Coast with his mother as a teenager.

    Making the game even more significant for the former Keebra Park student is the fact he will celebrate his 22nd birthday on Sunday.

    Thompson, who grew up in Tauranga in New Zealand's Bay of Plenty, said the match would mean a lot to him, with a large group of family members also planning to attend the game along with his father.

    "I've got 30 or 40 family coming up from my home town to watch and I haven't seen my dad in a couple of years so that'll be good,'' said Thompson, who will start at lock in the absence of State of Origin forward Ashley Harrison.

    "I haven't played in front of my dad since I was probably about 12 (and that was rugby union) so I'll be really excited to see him and for him to watch me play.

    "It means a lot to me, I've been away from family for a few years now so I'll try and put on a big show for them''

    Likewise, former Warriors centre Toopi has not had the chance to play in front of his New Zealand-based wife and children since joining the Titans in the pre-season.

    "I'm just stoked to be going back home and to play in front of the family, my wife and kids and parents so they've been asking for a lot of tickets,'' he laughed.

    "Boey and I are splitting them - we're taking the whole teams allocation and we're going halvies.

    "I never ever thoguht I'd play against the Warriors - I thought the Warriors was the only club I'd play for in the NRL and then I'd finish up in England.

    "But that wasn't the case and I'm just fortunate enough to be back in the Titans side through injuries and I'm just really stoked and can't wait to get over there and play.''

    The Titans will finalise their preparations with a training session at Station Reserve, Robina tomorrow before travelling to Auckland on Saturday.

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    It'll be a big day for our Kiwi boys. I'm very proud of them to make a homecoming appearance. I hope we get to see alot of their family on TV.

    Sounds like Clinton and Bodene could form an army with their relatives and friends.
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    Some good prices on TAB for our boys to get up.
    I spread $40 over a few bets, including Mini or Laffranchi 1st try scorer.
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    I just put on a bet and i am going for the teams titans need to win.

    $10 multi on -Bulldogs, Cowboys, Titans & Essondon with a 29 pt start.

    = $410

    can only hope......


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