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Consistency and a fast start key: Kearney

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/06/2017

Stephen Kearney says making wholesale changes to his starting Warriors side for their NRL match against the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday is "not the right thing to do".

Kearney has made just one change to the side that lost 32-24 to Parramatta in Sydney last round - prop James Gavet has a minor hamstring strain and makes way for Jacob Lillyman in the run-on side.

"This group of players did a good job the week before [defeating the Broncos] and it's important that I set a standard and a tone," Kearney said.

"To make wholesale changes, in my eyes, is not the right thing to do.

"The guys in there now I know can do a good job... my job is to persevere with them so they do become consistent."

Kearney said the squad was "disappointed and frustrated", letting themselves down against Parramatta.

"The Eels got out to a good start, put 12 points on us early, and although we came back, they scored just after halftime and you just can't allow that to happen in this competition.

"We have to make sure we're ready to go."

Ryan Hoffman will make his 300th NRL appearance and Kearney recalled him as a young NRL recruit.

"At Melbourne he was a little puppy dog that followed me around, but even back then he had that determination and drive to get the best out of himself.

"He has done a wonderful job to get to 300 games, especially as a forward, and it's a testament to the way he has gone about his business.

"He is a true professional."

The Warriors have won 12 of their last 13 games against the Titans.

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