Young Warriors shed their Achilles heel

Ben Matulino

If there is one aspect of their game that Warriors coach Brian McClennan has been disappointed with in previous weeks – it is his side’s inability to retain their lead, and capitalise on a good start to a game. That is, until now.

Being unable to hold onto their leads has been an Achilles heel for the Warriors all year, and although the Cowboys fought back well, McClennan was pleased that his players were able to make the most of their opportunities, with the ball in hand.

“What I was pleased about was that, once we got our chance with good ball, we stayed mature with it and got a repeat set,” he said.

“The next set, we didn’t overplay and got another one. We hung in there until Nathan Friend got over from dummy half.”

For the Cowboys, coach Neil Henry was critical of his sides errors during the game, but praised their fightback at a time when the Warriors looked vulnerable.

“It was there, but it was taken away,” he said.

“We just couldn’t sustain it.”

The Warriors win may come at a cost however, with in-form, destructive centre Konrad Hurrell in doubt for next weeks game v the Titans, due to a hamstring strain.

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