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Rookie prop Sam Lisone is already making a name for himself in the NRL this season.

These days NRL Telstra Premiership teams are often scarce to admit when they are out for revenge, usually preferring instead to fire off a cliché or two about focussing on their own game.

But the Warriors were having none of that this week ahead of a return fixture against the Canberra Raiders, who they were humbled by in Round 11 this year by way of a 38-12 thrashing in New Plymouth.

The performance was one of the Kiwi side's worst of 2016 and proved to be a turning point in their season, having gone on to win four of six games since then.

Prop Sam Lisone told it was impossible to avoid thoughts of getting one back over the Green Machine this time around.

"Yeah it's in the back of my mind, I still remember what they did to us and I will be going out there to try and get one back," he said ahead of the Men in League Round clash at GIO Stadium.

"They are a pretty big pack and I am sure all of the boys will be up and ready to get back at them for what they did to us down in New Plymouth.

"I will try and put a bit of sting in and try and bring some energy to the boys."


The Warriors' pack felt they were bullied off the park the last time they faced Canberra, with Lisone one of the few bright sparks in an otherwise disappointing night for the team's forwards, none of whom managed to run for more than 129 metres.

Halfback Shaun Johnson said fifth-placed Canberra would present a unique test for his side, as the Warriors aim to finish the round inside the NRL top eight.

"[It is going to be] physical, they pushed us around down in Taranaki last time so we really know we have got a job on our hands there. Big boys who run hard and it's going to be a physical game," Johnson said.

"Obviously you want to go out and make a statement, we had to do that against Manly after what they did to us here at home (a 34-18 defeat in Round 6).

"We have got to go to another level this week."

Meanwhile Lisone also spoke of his pride in seeing the Warriors' resilience beginning to shine through, after battling back from an early 12-0 deficit to take Manly all the way in an eventual 15-14 golden point loss last week.

"It was pretty hard taking but I am proud of the boys, because in the past when teams get up by 12 we sort of tended to get blown away after that, so to show that sort of resilience shows what sort of team we are creating here," Lisone said.

"I just feel confident now. When I was sitting on the bench and it was 12-0 against Manly none of us were really scared, me and Benny [Matulino] just said to each other that once we get on we would change it, change the speed of the game and that's what we tried to do."

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