13 Mar 2018

All Blacks skipper breathes life into Warriors season

3:34 pm on 13 March 2018

The All Blacks skipper Kieran Read had a leading hand in the Warriors opening round win of the National Rugby League season.

The Warriors had an impressive 32-20 win over South Sydney in Perth at the weekend and are crediting a breathing exercise Read showed them during a pre-season camp.

After each try they scored skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck got his side back in a huddle to make sure they stayed focus.

Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Photo: Photosport

"It's just to bring everyone back in a re-focus and get ready for what's next.

"With scoring tries you get excited and (seeing) everying going well but from previous years we've been a head a lot and then just lost the last ten minutes so being able to re-focus and reset on the next task has been really helpful," said Tuivasa-Sheck.

Tuivasa Sheck said there are few other things they have also introduced with new players such as Adam Blair and Tohu Harris bringing new ideas along with several new coaching staff.

"Things like a debrief (post game) where the team leaders and the young players speak...just a lot of small things."

Meanwhile a stomach bug is hindering the Warriors preparation for their first home game of the season this Saturday against the Gold Coast Titans.

A handful of players including including Blake Green and Solomone Kata have picked up a virus.

Stalwart Simon Mannering seems set to miss this weekend match as he continues to recover from a pre-season shoulder injury, while Gerard Beale is still recuperating from a broken leg suffered during the World Cup.