NRL: Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck welcomes bandwagon fans

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck isn't worried about bandwagon fans supporting the team all of a sudden, in fact, he is welcoming them with open arms.

The Kiwi club is off to its best start to an NRL season, with five wins in five matches and their unbeaten start has seen more people talking and cheering for the Penrose-based side.

Last weekend's game against Cowboys was a 25,600 sell-out - the first time in 10-years a Warriors home game had sold out, and it is expected that over 20,000 will be in the stands for Saturday's game against the Broncos.

That is in contrast to last year, where the Warriors' biggest home crowd was 13,826 against Brisbane.

The Warriors faithful have been vocal about the sudden rise in popularity after six-years of struggling and negativity, but Tuivasa-Sheck said he has no problem with the news fans jumping on board.

"We love it," Tuivasa-Sheck said.

"I know there are a lot of loyal fans out there who are disappointed; you can't blame them.

Wariors fans during the win against the Cowboys.
Wariors fans during the win against the Cowboys. Photo credit: Photosport

"But they're loving how we're going, they're supporting us, and it's only a good thing to get their support.

"So thank you for jumping on board."

The Warriors unbeaten start to the season has been a big shock to the rugby league community with many pundits and experts predicting they would be in a battle for the wooden spoon after years of failure.

Tuivasa-Sheck said that failure over previous seasons is what is driving the team towards success in 2018.

"We just look back to previous years, and that's what drives us," he said.

"We don't want to be a team that just wins five games and then falls away.

"We want to be a team that continues to grow from here, and if we start to celebrate too early, we can fall off the wagon, so we've got to keep working each week."

Only the Warriors and St George Illawarra Dragons are unbeaten this season. 

Should the Warriors beat the Broncos, and the Dragons overcome the Cronulla Sharks this weekend, it will set up a top-of-the-table encounter with both teams the following week at Mt Smart Stadium.

The Warriors head into Saturday's match against Brisbane as favourites having won five of their past eight games against the Broncos, and six of their last seven against them in Auckland.