Completions and composure key for Warriors
The words composure and completions have been foreign to the Warriors for most of 2015.
Those two key rugby league concepts have been scarcely present in their play, and led the club to become best known for their ability to blow leads and victories.
But if last week's 36-14 victory over the Titans is anything to go by the Warriors may have finally turned the corner.
The long-awaited 80-minute performance was headlined by their second-best competition rate of the year (82 percent), which enabled them to fire, rather than flounder, in the final half hour of the game, outscoring their opponents 30 points to four.
The Warriors had gone into the game tied for the worst completion rate record in the Telstra Premiership, but completed all 13 of their first sets with the ball.
Coach Andrew McFadden said it was those aspects which were the most pleasing thing to come out of the win at Cbus Super Stadium.
"It definitely was one of our best performances, probably our first real 80-minute performance where we controlled the whole time," he said.
"That came from all the pressure we built, one from our middle unit and secondly from our halves obviously controlling the game with their kick game.
"It was nice to have a bit of space at the end. I think the way we won was probably most important, we did have to grind and wrestle our way back into the game.
"We dominated early but pretty quickly were down 10-0 so we didn’t lose our way, we stuck to it and eventually rolled over the top of [the Titans]; they will get a lot out of that."
Helping the cause was the return of fullback Sam Tomkins, who played just his fourth game in a season where he has struggled with hamstring and knee injuries.
"Obviously his experience, his composure and his talk adds a huge amount to our team," McFadden said.
"You saw that on the weekend and it's no coincidence that we looked a far more composed side with him out there; that's what he adds."
Meanwhile five-eighth Chad Townsend said his side should expect the unexpected ahead of Saturday's clash with the Raiders at Mt Smart Stadium, singling out the individual brilliance of opposite number Blake Austin.
"They are probably the most improved team in the competition Canberra," Townsend told NRL.com.
"We know we are in for a big game and it's an important one for us coming into the bye in Round 17.
"I really like the way Blake Austin is playing right now, the way he takes on the line.
"His running game is definitely a strength of his and we will have to be on guard watching for that.
"I really like halves that take on the line and that's his big improvement.
"Our middles are going to have to work extremely hard on the inside as well, making sure they don’t take any dummies from him.
"I am sure [assistant coach] Tony Iro will get us on board with that and hopefully we can do a job on him."
The Warriors have themed the game as the #OnesieParty in support of Jammies in June, a campaign which aims to reduce high rates of preventable illnesses by providing children in need with pyjamas.
It will also be front-rower Jacob Lillyman's 200th NRL match.