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Elliott seeks more intensity



Warriors' coach Matthew Elliott is expecting more intensity from his players in their final pre-season match against the Brisbane Broncos in Dunedin on Saturday.
The Warriors have lost both trial matches against Gold Coast and Penrith so far and Elliott wants an improvement in their last hit-out before they play the Eels in Parramatta in their NRL season opener on March 9.
"We want to improve from game to game and that applies to the Broncos," he said.
"They have a young, athletic, very physical team. They'll be a good challenge and measuring stick for us."
Elliott, who is entering his first season with the Warriors, is excited by the challenge after their eight-win, 16-loss record last year.
"A lot of guys had their first hit-out against Penrith and we are just in a bit of a process at the moment. We haven't been too concerned about results.
"The scoreboard (32-18) disappointed me last week and it wasn't the performance we were looking for, but we'll improve."
Former Melbourne Storm loose forward Todd Lowrie will make his debut and Jerome Ropati returns from injury, with Elliott happy to have both on deck.
"He (Lowrie) played for a premiership winning side last year and he's brought a lot of unity to our team as far as the style of game he has under his belt.
"Jerome has come back from two serious knee injuries and this game is more about getting him back on the park again and letting him accumulate some confidence."
Elliott said the Warriors had not set a goal for the season as they rebuild from a shaky 2012.
"We're going to prepare to win every game and let the results look after themselves. It will be a tough season but, if you out-prepare your opposition, it gives you the best opportunity to win. Last year is not a reference point for me."
A crowd of between 15,000 and 20,000 is expected to watch the biggest league match staged in Dunedin.
Pita Godinet has replaced the injured Alehana Mara on the bench for the Warriors while captain Sam Thaiday, who is coming back from shoulder surgery, will come off the bench for the Broncos. 


Well, they certainly stepped up the intensity in tonight's trial. Overall I was happy with the defence, most notably out wide.

Just hope there are no serious injuries to those players who came off. Johnson looked the most serious with an elbow injury.

Godinet really impressed me. He was very busy in attack and laid on a great try.

also was a great turnout from the mainlanders. Glad to see them get a game down there. 


Regarding the number 13 jersey: Todd Lowrie's stats feature more slightly more tries (4 in 2012) than Micheal Luck's (Nil during an injury stacked 2012).

What did you think of his efforts tonight? Seemed pretty promising to me. 


Was very happy with his effort. Will be a good signing for us. What were your thoughts on the trial. 


Even if the Broncos weren't playing at 100%, it still seemed like the Warriors backed themselves and actually defended well for once in a long, long time. Happy with this effort too.

Maybe I can come off suicide watch this season.:) 


Haha. That would be nice wouldn't it. 

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