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Warriors look for attitude switch

Prop Ben Matulino is confident an attitude switch will set the Warriors back on track after they let slip the chance to move into the NRL top eight for the first time this year.
Warriors look for attitude switch
by AAP

By Robert Lowe

AUCKLAND, Aug 4 AAP - Prop Ben Matulino is confident an attitude switch will set the Warriors back on track after they let slip the chance to move into the NRL top eight for the first time this year.

One of the competition's form teams heading into the weekend with seven wins from their previous eight matches, the Warriors saw their momentum stall with a below-par display against Cronulla.

The Sharks dominated large parts of the contest in Auckland on Saturday night and withstood a late fight-back from the home side to come away with an 18-14 victory.

Matulino admits that part of the Warriors' flat performance could be attributed to their spectacular victory over reigning premiers Melbourne six days earlier.

"I think it was an attitude thing, coming off a good win against the Storm," he said.

"I'm pretty confident we can get back up there. We know what works for us. Our execution wasn't on."

Todd Carney was again impressive as he pulled the strings for Cronulla, overshadowing opposition playmaker Shaun Johnson, who had an off-night.

But the in-form Matulino was quick to shoulder some of the blame for the difficulties that Johnson and fellow half Thomas Leuluai had in imposing themselves.

"Guys like Tommy and Shaun didn't really get to play because I wasn't really getting good go forward for them, so my personal form needs to step up," the 24-year-old Kiwi said.

"We just need to forget about that game, get back on the horse and not let that one get us down."

With five rounds to go, the Warriors remain right in the hunt for the play-offs, but their next assignment is a tough one - away to third-placed Manly.

"There's still plenty of time, but we've got Manly this week," Matulino said.

"In my career, we've only beaten them once, so hopefully we can do it again."

Matulino's sole taste of victory in eight matches against the Sea Eagles came in the clubs' last meeting two months ago, when the Warriors overcame a 12-0 deficit to post an 18-16 win at home.

While the Warriors are travelling back across the Tasman, next Saturday's match won't be at Manly's traditional home ground of Brookvale Oval.

Instead, it will be up the coast at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford, which might level the playing field a bit.

"To be honest, I don't know where Bluetongue is," Matulino said.

"I don't know if it's in Sydney or out of Sydney. I don't know if I've played there or not, so it will be like playing at any other field."




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