Play­offs num­bers add up for strug­gling War­riors

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT -

THE maths are look­ing in­creas­ingly grim for the War­riors, but a flicker of NRL finals hope con­tin­ues to burn.

With six reg­u­lar sea­son games left, Stephen Kear­ney’s troops need at least five wins to hit the tra­di­tional 28- point finals bar­rier – yet, be­yond tonight’s clash with the high­fly­ing Sharks, that chal­lenge doesn’t seem in­sur­mount­able.

Games against fel­low bat­tlers Newcastle, Can­berra and South Syd­ney fol­low, be­fore a ma­jor test at home in the form of sixth- placed Manly.

A tussle with the lowly Ti- gers will close out the sea­son.

War­riors skip­per Roger Tuiv­asa- Sheck be­lieves there’s no rea­son why his 12th- placed side can’t sneak into the top eight – or even cause an up­set over the fourth- placed Sharks.

All the right signs had been there in the War­riors’ 24- 12 loss to North Queens­land last week­end, par­tic­u­larly upfront for most of the game.

“If we con­tinue to have our mid­dles play that phys­i­cal game upfront, and a few of us fix our ex­e­cu­tion … we can fix it up and come away with the points,” Tuiv­asa- Sheck said.

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