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Stat Attack: How many players your club has used in 2019

When Kodi Nikorima runs out to make his Warriors debut on Saturday he will become the 27th player used by the club this season - the most by any team through the opening eight rounds.

Poor form, suspensions and a spate of early-season injuries has forced coach Stephen Kearney to reach deep into his roster.

But this week he refused to use that as an excuse for his side winning just two of their opening eight games.

"It's not ideal, but that's what you get presented with," Kearney said.

"Regardless of who was in the team or who wasn't in the team, who was injured or who wasn't injured, it doesn't matter. We put ourselves in the contest in all of those matches and we weren't quite good enough.

"For the most part the guys who have been put in there have done a pretty good job.

"Patrick [Herbert] did a really good job when he came in against Melbourne, Chanel [Harris-Tavita] when he came into the team, Gerard Beale has come in and done a great job, so when we have had to make changes they've handled it pretty well."

As it currently stands there is no direct link between the number of players used and ladder position.

The Roosters are on top of the table and rank second behind the Warriors in terms of player usage with 24, while the second-placed Rabbitohs have used 21.

But there is no doubt the turnover has tested the Warriors' depth, particularly in the key positions of halfback and hooker.

The team changes have meant Peta Hiku has been named in three different positions already this year, filling in at halfback and fullback in addition to his preferred spot at left centre.

Hiku told the disruptions had been difficult to deal with. 

"It's been different training everywhere and not knowing where I was going to play, and then relying on people to get through fitness tests each week," Hiku said.

"But our game plan hasn't changed too much so it's all not all new to me.

"In the halves you have to make sure everyone is in the right place, so halfback is a tough role. Organising people isn't for me.

"[Signing] Kodi gives us another half and puts me lower on the list in that spot. We have got a couple of halves do to the job now, so I don't think I'll be there again this year."

The Warriors head into the NRL Magic Round having lost four games on the trot, while in their last three matches they have averaged just 13 points scored.

Warriors v Dragons - Magic Round

Despite coming off a 36-18 defeat at the hands of the Newcastle Knights last weekend, Kearney said the team is moving in the right direction.

"We've made some improvements, we're walking forward," Kearney said.

"There's no doubt it’s been a tough nearly month for us and the guys have been working really hard. 

"We have put ourselves right in the contest over the last four weeks and we haven't been quite good enough. 

"It's about making sure we prepare well to play well Saturday, and regardless of whether we are winning or we're losing that's always the focus and it doesn't change." 

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