NRL round 14: warriors v sharks
Where: Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe When: Sunday June 12; 8:15 PM (NZT)
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It’s no secret that in the club’s last five consecutive defeats, the Warriors have lacked the basics of effort and dedication required by the NRL and the captain says they are determined to change that when the Stacey Jones era begins against the Sharks on Sunday.
Brown’s departure on Tuesday is yet another distraction for the struggling club, which is 14th on the NRL ladder with just four wins from 13 games, with his assistant, Jones, taking on the head coach role for the remainder of the season.
Harris confirmed that the players had no influence on Brown leaving the club, but that their shocking performances and lack of resilience contributed to it.
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He also believes that players should now be concerned about their own performance as they must invest time in who will coach in 2023.
“To be honest, that’s above my paycheck,” Harris said. “I have to focus on getting my performances right.”
“It’s strange times right now,” Harris said.
But in professional sport, life goes on and the skipper said players should focus on what they can control.
“We feel like we had a hand in what happened,” Harris said. “We feel that if our performance had been a little better or if we had had better results, what happened might not have happened.
“We are all excited about Stace and we really want to commit to him because as players we are disappointed with the results we have had,” said Harris.
Jones started his career as a head coach by beating the efforts of his players in recent games and Harris says the spray wasn’t wrong.
“We really need to look at ourselves in the mirror and get our performance right.
“Maybe you’re feeling tired or whatever, but you have to give that little bit extra,” he said. “We’re not doing well enough to compete at this level.”
Harris said failing to make an effort or show resilience at the right times could be due to a lack of understanding, experience or communication, but other times the situation is much simpler.
“Then there are other situations where you just have to bite the bullet and put your body on the line.”
Increasing workout intensity, bringing fun back into the mix and keeping things simple are the main focuses in this week’s prep and Harris confirmed that the game plan has been stripped down a bit, trying not to overcomplicate things. with an emphasis on implementation.
Alongside Dale Finucane, Cronulla is close enough to be at full strength and the TAB odds reflect that, with the Sharks paying $1.19 to the Warriors $4.60 in the head-to-head market.
Harris, who is still not 100% back after returning from an ACL knee injury mid-season, said the players are desperate for form under Jones. But things don’t get any easier after the Sharks showdown, with the table Panthers on Saturday and a week off before the standalone State of Origin and Kiwis v Tonga weekend.
The July 3 homecoming game against the West Tigers in Auckland looms as the club’s most likely attempt at a fifth win any time soon.
That game is followed by a goodbye and then a run home from the Eels, Raiders, Storm, Rabbitohs, Bulldogs, Cowboys, Panthers and then the team that no Warriors fan wants to end on a disappointing season, the Gold Coast Titans.
A competition that brings back visions of the ugly end of the 2021 season, resulting in a humiliating 44-0 beating with Matt Lodge, Kane Evans and Jazz Tevaga all sent to the Gold Coast sin bin.
A chaotic end to the season that the club cannot afford in 2022.
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