RTS on track to make comeback against Cowboys
The high-flying Warriors are set to receive another boost this week with captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck nearing full fitness for Friday night clash with the Cowboys.
One of the season's genuine surprise packets, the fourth-placed Warriors can strengthen their position among the leading pack heading into the representative break with a second win over Johnathan Thurston's Cowboys this year.
The Warriors are expected to name a full-strength side - including Tuivasa-Sheck who missed last Saturday's win over Manly with a niggling leg injury - on Tuesday afternoon.
Warriors coach Stephen Kearney said his star fullback wasn't out of the woods just yet, but confirmed he would travel with the side.
"We haven't made that final decision on him just yet, he as a few more boxes he needs to tick but he's certainly better than he was last week," Kearney said.
In his 150th NRL game, halfback Shaun Johnson starred in his return from injury against the Sea Eagles and prop Agnatius Paasi said the side took a lot of confidence out of boasting a largely healthy roster so deep into the season.
"[Johnson] was pretty good down in Christchurch, that's just Shauny, it's a credit to him and our medical team here at the Warriors," he said.
Though Blake Green is the only member of the Warriors high profile spine to have not missed any football this season, few major injuries have meant the squad has remained more or less steady from round one.
Paasi said as good as it was to have had few major injuries to key players, the club's depth meant across the board meant anyone asked to step in "can do a job", and was as big a reason for the Warriors' 2018 success.
If Tuivasa-Sheck fails to pass his fitness test at the captain's run on Thursday, Peta Hiku will again be asked to fill in at fullback, a role he has handily taken on three times this season, Kearney said.
The Warriors beat the Cowboys 22-12 in round five at Mt Smart Stadium.