McFadden relates to Roosters' situation
When Warriors coach Andrew McFadden watches back over the previous performances of his opponents for this week, he sees plenty of signs he has become all too familiar with this season.
A side packed full of talented players who are down on confidence and struggling to deliver on the field, the Roosters share many of the same issues which had dogged the Warriors prior to their current two-game winning streak.
But despite coming off a 46-0 thrashing at the hands of Melbourne last week – their biggest defeat of the season so far – McFadden believes the 15th-placed Roosters aren't far away from turning their fortunes around in 2016.
"We can probably take a fair bit out of that [Roosters] performance on the weekend, we have been there as well, and what I know is you can turn it around very quickly," McFadden said.
"They have got enough quality in their team to be able to do that.
"I guess I am a little surprised [about where they sit on the ladder], there is no doubt there is a lot of quality in their side, but that just shows you the quality of the competition and how things can change so fast.
"[They] have got a bit of quality coming back this week and that will make a big difference for them, so we are certainly anticipating a very strong performance.
"The guys coming back into their side in [Dylan] Napa and particularly [Shaun] Kenny-Dowall, changes them a fair bit."
Although Trent Robinson's side have only three wins to their name so far, and sit in the bottom four teams in terms of points scored and conceded, Warriors halfback Shaun Johnson believes they will present a huge threat come Sunday at Mt Smart Stadium.
"I am [wary of them], I think everyone knows they are a much better side than where they sit on the table, and that is the way we are looking at them," Johnson said.
"They are a dangerous footy side – they have been minor premiers for the last three years or so – they are a quality side and we are going to treat them that way.
"We are certainly not getting ahead of ourselves and are looking forward to another challenge."
Ahead of the Round 15 clash the Warriors have made only two forced changes to their 17, which has scored a combined 86 points and leaked only 32 over the past two weeks.
With Jacob Lillyman earning a Queensland recall for Origin II and Manu Vatuvei out with a hamstring injury, prop Toafofoa Sipley comes in to play his second NRL game and winger Ken Maumalo earns a start on the left flank.