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Warriors need to complete sets

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 9/04/2016 By Robert Lowe

Experienced campaigner Thomas Leuluai sees a better completion rate as a key area for the Warriors after a fourth defeat in six NRL rounds.

The Warriors' mini-revival from two successive wins was halted when they fell 34-18 to Manly in Auckland on Saturday night.

Having been down 12-0 midway through the opening spell, the home side struck back through a Blake Ayshford try to trail by six points at the break.

But they then paid for a second half in which Leuluai says there were "too many silly offloads and knock-ons".

"We were looking for the quick tries to catch up," he said.

"We played to the scoreboard instead of trying to build some pressure."

Leuluai said that, during his time with the Warriors, they had been at the best when going through the middle and playing a completion game.

When they tried to force things too much, it didn't really work.

"We just have to trust that, when those opportunities come, we take them, but our mindset should be just to complete really," he said.

The match was Leuluai's first in 11 months after he suffered a season-ending knee injury against Parramatta last May.

The utility, who normally plays in the halves or at hooker, had 31 minutes off the bench, both as dummy half and at lock.

The 34-Test Kiwi said he came through in good shape, although the body was tired after such a long time away.

"It seemed like forever out there towards the end," he said.

"It was a tough game. We didn't complete and we ended up defending a lot. I just kept my game pretty simple and tried to do a job for the boys."

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