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Warriors seek consistency against Storm

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 22/04/2017
Simon Mannering © Getty Images Simon Mannering

Former skipper Simon Mannering says it's time for the Warriors put things right in Tuesday's Anzac Day match against Melbourne Storm.

The memory of last year's disastrous 42-0 loss in the same fixture still lingers, as does that of the Storm's 26-10 win at Mt Smart in round two.

"That's in the past, and it was a disappointing result," Mannering said of last year's whitewash.

"It was a fairly tight battle, and they just came over the top of us at the end."

But despite the Warriors' second-half collapse in their 20-8 loss to the Raiders last week, Mannering is confident that they're nearing the form they need to push the Storm.

Star playmaker Shaun Johnson, building a lethal partnership in the halves with Kieran Foran, agrees and is hopeful the Warriors will have learned from their previous encounters.

"I think every time you get to play a side, you learn a little bit more about them," he said.

"We like to play against the best players in the game, and the group they've got down there have definitely earned that right with the way they play."

Melbourne sit second on the NRL table with just the one loss from seven games, and are coming off a narrow 30-26 win over Manly last week.

In contrast, the Warriors have been patchy performers at best and lie 11th overall, their three wins outweighed by four losses.

Johnson said it was time for the Warriors to end the inconsistencies in their game, with last week's second-half capitulation in Canberra particular frustrating.

With 20 minutes remaining, the scores were levelled at 8-8, but the Raiders showed greater poise to power away for the win.

"It is frustrating because we speak about all the right things, it seems," he said.

"We have to execute for us to believe in it - you can't just keep talking about it."

Coach Stephen Kearney says an 80-minute performance is crucial, and he wants to see a more composed performance than was shown against the Raiders.

"I thought we lost our way a bit with a ball control, and we didn't maintain pressure, so that's been a focus for us all week.

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