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No regrets for RTS despite Warriors' struggles

In times like these it's probably just as well New Zealand Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck isn't one for regrets.

Last year the star fullback watched his former Sydney Roosters team win the Telstra Premiership and this season they are once again setting the pace at the top of the ladder.

At the same time the Warriors have just equalled their worst record through the first eight games of a season and are languishing in 12th position with just two wins to their name.

Leading into their crucial Magic Round clash with the Dragons at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night, the Dally M Player of the Year is adamant he's right where he wants to be.

"I'm enjoying it, this is the whole purpose of me being here [at the Warriors], the challenge," Tuivasa-Sheck said.

"It has its ups and downs … it’s going to be tough and I know that, and I knew what I was signing up to.

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"It's a challenge and I enjoy it, and whatever the team throws at me I put my hand up for it.

"Unfortunately it's not going my way at the moment, but I'll still turn up and get the job done as best I can."

This week at training Tuivasa-Sheck spoke of the importance of remaining positive, despite the club having lost four games on the trot.

"I think that's how you get the best results, when [players] are feeling positive, feeling up," Tuivasa-Sheck said.

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"There is no use in coming out here and just trying to see what wrongs they are doing and then blowing them up.

"It's about coming here and still enjoying it. It's still a privilege to do this job."

After averaging 194 metres per game in the first six rounds, Tuivasa-Sheck managed just 96m in a frustrating game against Newcastle in round eight, with the Knights opting to kick the ball out of play to limit his involvement.

Coach Stephen Kearney said it was a tactic more teams would employ but was confident they were now equipped to handle it.

"We have got to anticipate that, so we've made a couple of subtle adjustments so if that does happen [we counteract it]," Kearney said.

"That's our job as coaches, to make sure we come up with a couple of adjustments. We will deal with it when we get presented with it."

Tuivasa-Sheck also acknowledged he needs to find other ways to involve himself in games.

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"I put my hand up, I was pretty poor in the last game, just not being able to adapt on the run and change my game style so I can help the team," Tuivasa-Sheck said.

"I just couldn't get the ball in hand [against the Knights] … that's something I need to do to develop my game, adapt on the run and try to figure out what I can do when teams are trying to kick the ball out or load my side.

"We are going to see [that tactic] much more through the year, so it's about adapting on the run."

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