Warriors aim to fix slow starts
The Warriors will look to address a troubling trend of slow first halves when they take on the Roosters this Sunday at Central Coast Stadium.
The Kiwi side are yet to win a first half this season, having trailed teams at the break in their first three games before recovering from a sloppy opening 40 minutes against the Knights last week to head to the sheds at 12-all.
Across the opening four rounds the Warriors have just 30 first-stanza points compared to 60 in second periods of games.
A verbal rocket from coach Andrew McFadden seemed to do the trick last week as his side came out to score five second-half tries and blow Newcastle off the park, and starts are something the team are keen to fix in a hurry.
"We obviously addressed that at half-time on the weekend, I didn’t feel like we had the same urgency about what we were doing and the intent, so we addressed that, and they obviously came out and changed it," McFadden said.
"It's not my job to deliver [a half-time spray] all the time, the players have got to have that internal motivation.
"The good thing is we are responding when we realise it.
"It's just some individuals fall off a little bit of performance, but again the good thing is they can respond, recognise that and change it. It's not the same people all the time.
"Even though you are not quite up to the level you expect you have got to find a way to battle through it. We did that on the weekend and we turned it around.
"A bit of it is an attitude thing."
The Warriors' opponents in Round 5, the last-placed Sydney Roosters, are hardly renowned for flying out of the gates themselves this season, having scored a meagre 24 first-half points so far this year, including two games without a single point through the opening 40.
Meanwhile Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck revealed a special deal struck up with former teammate Dylan Napa, ahead of his first game against the Roosters since signing across the Tasman from the Bondi club.
"A few of my close mates at the Roosters [have been in touch], just talking to Dylan Napa saying if I don't step him he won't hit me, so that is the deal there," Tuivasa-Sheck joked.
"There is a lot I have to block out, I'll look across the field and see a lot of my friends and a lot of the boys that I learnt off and got my success through."
The Kiwi international has made a strong start to life in Auckland, currently leading the NRL in total run metres, averaging 213.5 metres per game so far.