New Zealand captain Simon Mannering is confident the Warriors can go one better and beat the Brisbane Broncos at Suncorp Stadium this Saturday night.
The Warriors went down 21-20 in a thriller last time the sides met in Brisbane five weeks ago, but Mannering believes New Zealand can take down any side in the finals, and it starts this week against the Broncos.
“It definitely doesn’t get any easier (for us),” he said.
“I’m looking forward to travelling up the Brissie and having another tough battle up there and hope for the best.”
“You always go on the field knowing you’ve got the chance to win, but it’s what you do on the field.
“We went close a couple of weeks ago, definitely looking to go one better and knock them off.”
In what has been an up and down year for the Warriors, Mannering believes that they are close to their best, and they might just be peaking at the right time.
“It has been a funny year like that, started poorly, strung five or six wins in a row, then had another little low patch,” he said.
“Full credit to the team, we’ve bounced back in the back half of the year and got together a fair bit of consistency.
“Obviously there are still plenty of things to improve on, but that’s what you want but I think we’re slowly getting there over the last couple of weeks.”
And who does Mannering are the team to beat in this year’s finals?