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Roosters facing brutal turnaround

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 27/04/2017 Steve Zemek

The Sydney Roosters have warned they face another NRL flogging if they fail to flick the switch in the aftermath of their draining Anzac Day win over St George Illawarra.

The Roosters on Thursday were battered, bruised and emotionally spent as they boarded a flight for New Zealand for the clash with the Warriors after a testing five-day turnaround.

After beating the Dragons in one of the most intense games in several years on Tuesday, they must now back up and do it all again on one of the toughest roads trips in the competition against the Warriors at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday.

The Roosters are taking a no excuses and no surrender mentality into the clash after being touched up by the Broncos following a lacklustre preparation earlier this month.

After a physical encounter with Manly in the Friday night fixture in round five, they faced the Broncos six days later, turned in their worst performance of the season and were touched up 32-8.

Prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves said they were refusing to feel sorry for themselves, pointing out that the Warriors were facing a similar preparation having played in Melbourne on Anzac Day.

"We played Manly and that was a physical and intense game and then we had a short turnaround and we didn't perform as well as we wanted to against the Broncos and it was the most disappointing game of our year," New Zealander Waerea-Hargreaves said.

"And we've learnt from that. We've got to go over with the right attitude even though it's a five-day turnaround with a flight across the ditch, we've still got to turn up and play our best footy.

"It doesn't matter who we're playing or how many days we're playing after our last match. Yeah we're sore but so is everyone else."

A number of Roosters players were licking their wounds as they prepared to fly to Auckland on Thursday including centre Blake Ferguson who had an ice pack strapped to his knee.

Ferguson was seen limping in the back field in the second half against the Dragons following a knee-on-knee collision with Jack de Belin.

While recovering from that injury on such a short turnaround was tough, Ferguson said he wasn't in any doubt to face the Warriors.

As well, he must back up five days following the Warriors clash for Australia's Test against New Zealand in Canberra.

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