All Blacks captain Kieran Read inspires new NZ Warriors huddle

  • 13/03/2018

The NZ Warriors are feeding off the All Blacks' winning culture - at least in part.

The NRL club is crediting ABs skipper Kieran Read for a breathing technique that assisted in a 12-point win over the South Sydney Rabbitohs in their 2018 season opener.

Following each of the Warriors' six tries in their 32-20 victory, the players would gather in a huddle to focus on staying on task.

Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck said they jumped on an idea shared by his All Blacks counterpart when Read addressed the side during the pre-season.

Tuivasa-Sheck said Read's simple advice of taking three deep breaths as a group, after crossing the chalk, helps them refocus on the task ahead.

"Scoring tries, we were getting excited and everything was going well for us," Tuivasa-Sheck said.

Kieran Read, All Blacks captain.
Kieran Read, All Blacks captain. Photo credit: Getty

"But just from previous years,we've been ahead a lot and lost in the last 10 minutes, so being able to reset and focus on the next task has been really helpful."

Prop Sam Lisone, who scored his first try after 63 games on Saturday night, backed up his skipper's comments, stressing the importance of not getting lost in the moment.

"It re-groups the group," Lisone told Newshub.

"You can start thinking you are all over the opposition, and then you drop the ball and they are all over you.

"It's about regrouping and narrowing the focus. What's our next job and then execute.

"It's an All Black thing, and we took it and ran with it."

The Warriors have had an influx of premiership-winning quality into the side for the 2018 season.

Gerard Beale, Adam Blair and Tohu Harris have all tasted success in the NRL, while experienced players like Blake Green and Peter Hiku have Grand Final experience.

Lisone said the leadership group had helped develop a new culture at the club that lives by standards players have set themselves.

"It was about bringing that out," Lisone told Newshub. "What we liked, what we didn't like, what we don't stand for...

"There are new standards set in place that we made as a team.

"It means more when it comes from the players. To me, when Roger [Tuivasa-Sheck] is telling the message, it means more than when [Stephen Kearney] is, because Roger is out there on the field, doing it.

"Our leaders are driving and the boys are just jumping on.

"It's like a bus - you are either on it or you are not. You get there or you get lost."

On Saturday afternoon, the Warriors host the Gold Coast Titans, who topped the Canberra Raiders last week with a late try from former Warriors centre Konrad Hurrell.


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