Fisiiahi, Hurrell finally get it right
It is a fundamental step to success: Identify your biggest weakness, then turn it into a strength.
Of course it is easier said than done, but fresh off their right-side blitz of the Wests Tigers last Saturday the Warriors believe they are close to achieving it.
The club’s right flank, flimsy and a game-changer for all the wrong reasons at the start the season, was instead electric and relentless at Westpac Stadium.
Winger Glen Fisiiahi was the main beneficiary, collecting four tries in the 42-18 romp, the first Warrior to do so since Joel Moon back in 2009.
"The guy knows his way to the try line, he has proven that,"said Warriors coach Matt Elliott.
"He just needs to be given those little opportunities, that is what he was given - and he iced them. That is what we expect of him and that is what he expects of himself."
His right-side partner in crime, Konrad Hurrell, didn’t have a bad night either, producing incredible stats at the expense of a Tigers left edge which struggled when Pat Richards was forced to fullback half-an-hour into the game.
After coming on to the field to replace the injured Jerome Ropati after 12 minutes, Hurrell went on a rampage. His 182 metres, two line breaks, three try assists and six tackles busts impressed his coach and teammates alike.
"Konrad’s offensive game is, in my view, one of the best," Fisiiahi said of his Tongan international teammate.
"You sort of know that he is going to chuck a few defenders, so you just watch and wait ... it’s like bees to honey. It was fun to watch and even more fun to play."
No stranger to tries, Fisiiahi dotted down for 20 in 26 matches for the Junior Warriors in 2010 and famously scored six in one game for the Auckland Vulcans in a 2012 NSW Cup match.
"It [scoring tries] comes with instinct, the bounce of the ball and having a feel for where the sideline is," he explains.
"Scoring out wide was a good thing for me last week because it came off the back of the boys going forward well and some slick hands by Shauny (Johnson) and Sam (Tomkins)."
The performance brought relief as well as joy for 23-year-old Fisiiahi, following a tough 2013 when he spent half of the year out with a torn pectoral muscle, on top of dealing with the loss of his sister to cancer in March.
The off-season arrival of fullback Sam Tomkins also raised questions about his future at the club.
It became clear the ‘Flying Fish’ wasn’t viewed as a long-term option in his favoured fullback position, with many believing there would not even be a spot for him in the team with Kevin Locke (currently injured) possibly shifted out on to the wing.
"I am quite comfortable in both positions now [wing and fullback], I am getting a lot more game time on the wing and feeling more comfortable," Fisiiahi said.
"When Kevin comes back it will be on again, so we will see what happens."