War­riors must keep im­prov­ing, says McFadden

The Dominion Post - - Sport - DAVID LONG RUGBY LEAGUE

The qual­ity of the op­po­si­tion might not be as good for the War­riors on Satur­day, but An­drew McFadden wants the team to keep go­ing in the same di­rec­tion.

The 19-18 loss to the Sharks in Cronulla on Satur­day brought to an end the club’s three-game win­ning streak in the NRL, while ex­tend­ing the Sharks’ to 11.

This Satur­day they take on the Ti­tans at Mt Smart Sta­dium, a team that like the War­riors have won seven and lost eight games this sea­son and are on the fringes of the top eight.

In many ways, it’s more im­por­tant that the War­riors win this game more than last week­end’s one and the War­riors coach wants the team to con­tinue mak­ing im­prove­ments.

‘‘I was very proud, but we can’t be sat­is­fied,’’ said McFadden.

‘‘It was a good test, ev­ery­one said it would give us a good in­di­ca­tion of where we sit and what it shows us is that we’re still short and we’ve got to get bet­ter.

‘‘We’ve got to keep build­ing,’’ McFadden added. ‘‘That’s got to be the bench­mark for us, the min­i­mum standard and that’s what we’re try­ing to do.’’

Si­mon Man­ner­ing and Shaun John­son sat out train­ing on Tues­day, to give them ex­tra time to re­cover from the Sharks game, but both trained yes­ter­day.

‘‘That’s more to do with the na­ture of the game last week­end, both of those guys had some huge num­bers,’’ McFadden said.

The Ti­tans, along with the Knights, were tipped to be the side bat­tling for the wooden spoon this year. While those pre­dic­tions about the Knights have been cor­rect, the Ti­tans have done bet­ter than ex­pected and they’ve played an at­trac­tive brand of footy, sim­i­lar to the War­riors, where they look for off­loads and try to keep the ball alive.

‘‘Peo­ple make pre­dic­tions every year and gen­er­ally they don’t get it right,’’ McFadden said.

‘‘This game is so close and the com­pe­ti­tion is so tight, teams can rise and teams can fall.

‘‘The Ti­tans are show­ing a bit more and they’re a qual­ity side.

‘‘They’re a re­ally highly skilled side and play with the footy a lot. They’re not dissimilar to us, play with a lot of off­loads and sec­ond phase.’’

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