Warriors 'couldn't care less' about Tigers drama
The Wests Tigers have dominated headlines this week following the decision to tell skipper Robbie Farah he is unwanted for next year, but their opponents for Sunday aren't the least bit bothered.
Struggling away on a six-game losing streak, the Warriors said they hadn't given any thought to whether the Tigers' response would be a positive or negative one.
"Couldn't care less, certainly not my issue," coach Andrew McFadden told media mid-week.
"We are focussed on ourselves. All I know about that stuff is it can certainly give them some energy.
"Sometimes it goes the other way but I am sure with the calibre of Robbie Farah it will give them something."
Sitting dead last on the Telstra Premiership ladder with two games remaining, the Tigers will need at least one win from their last two games and then rely on other results if they are to avoid the wooden spoon in 2015.
But Warriors hooker Nathan Friend – now in his 14th season of NRL football – said he expected the Farah announcement would not have much impact on the Tigers at Campbelltown Stadium, given the saga would have been playing out for weeks behind the scenes.
"It wouldn't have just been this week that he knew, he would have been putting his feelers out for the last couple of months, it's only that it's in the media now," Friend told NRL.com.
"I am not too concerned at all to be honest, we have lost a few games and our focus is just to get a victory.
"I don't think he [Farah] has too much to prove, he played State of Origin this year and has been playing pretty well this season, I think he is OK from where he is at.
"If he is a likeable lad at the club then the boys will probably support him and play well."
Heading into the Round 25 clash the Warriors are without nine of their frontline players and were thrashed 50-16 by the Cowboys just a week ago.
Aside from an opening 13 minutes which saw them run out to a 16-0 lead, the Warriors never gave themselves a chance of beating North Queensland, coming up with 11 errors, conceding 10 penalties and gifting five goal-line dropouts.
The combination of those factors meant that by the end of the 80 minutes the Kiwi side had enjoyed just 37 percent of the possession, adding another major issue to McFadden's list of things to fix over the final two games.
"We are going to have to really find some creative ways to get ourselves up this week," McFadden added.
"We are preparing the same way, it's just about trying to keep things simple.
"We definitely want the wins and that's what we are preparing to do, it is about pride but it's about preparing the way we would every other week.
"I know that we are obviously getting broken pretty easily out there, but it is simple missed tackles.
"Guys are getting caught a little bit out of position, some that is experience and some of that is just concentration.
"Ultimately it comes down to some individual accountability and they have got to make their tackles, some of the defence is not a structural thing, it's just an individual error thing.
"I think they [the players] are very motived, we all feel like internally that we have made some real ground this year, we know that the last couple of months of footy is not really a reflection on us as a group."