Aquis Gold Coast Titans coach Neil Henry has spoken today about the many dangers that the New Zealand Warriors will bring across the Tasman when the two sides clash at Cbus Super Stadium tomorrow.
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With media discussing those dangers, the names just kept rolling with where the trouble may come from, with Henry full of praise of those players mentioned.
“The back three are dangerous,” Henry said. “They rely heavily on them to start their sets and to get them rolling up the field.
“Roger (Tuivasa-Sheck) needs to be shut down. There isn’t really an answer but getting down there in numbers and getting around him is one thing.
“They cover the field well and you’d like to fine the grass but we may need to be a little bit creative on those final plays.”
Utility Tyrone Roberts is one player who trained away from the main group on Wednesday but Henry thinks he still may be a chance.
“It will either him or Lawto (Karl Lawton), to fill that utility role. He’s a bit sore, it’s an impingement on the shoulder and whilst he had a bit more movement in it yesterday, he is in some doubt.”
Off the back of an Origin match last Wednesday, both Nathan Peats and Jarryd Hayne will be looking for big games. Peats missed the match due to a corked thigh whilst Hayne will move back to his favoured position of fullback for the fixture.
‘It’s always difficult to come back from those big games. Nathan is keen to get out there and has trained strongly all week and Jarryd is looking forward to being back at fullback. He’s a bigger body to bring the ball back and is a good set of hands to have in the middle.”
The final piece of the puzzle is working out what game plan coach Stephen Kearney may bring, with Henry noticing a few subtle differences in their game since the former Broncos Assistant Coach took over.
“Probably one thing is less offloads. They’re relying a little more on a power game and having a bit more patience in attack. We know one thing for certain, we’ll be in a game of footy.”