NRL 2019: Stephen Kearney pleased with Warriors' fighting attitude in Titans win

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney has given his team a pass mark following their 26-10 win over the Gold Coast Titans in Auckland.

After the heavy losses to the Wests Tigers and Sea Eagles, the Warriors rediscovered their groove to claim their second win of the season, albeit against the winless Titans.

The Warriors were on the back foot from the start when they kicked the ball out on the full, which gave the visitors early field possession.

But they couldn't convert that into points, as the Warriors went onto score four tries while holding the Titans scoreless till the 59th minute.

"After the last couple of weeks that we've had, it's pleasing for the football club that the boys responded like that," Kearney said.

"In fairness, we dug ourselves into our own hole to get out of with our last couple of performances, but I thought they responded pretty well tonight.

"We didn't start off the way we would have liked. Putting the kickoff out on the full and we found ourselves under a bit of pressure there, maybe the first 10 minutes on our try line.

"I thought we co-ordinated well enough to keep them out, and then we needed a bit of ball to take some petrol out of them, and the guys slowly worked themselves back into the game."

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney.
Warriors coach Stephen Kearney. Photo credit: Photosport

Kearney also applauded five-eighth Chanel Harris-Tavita who impressed in his NRL debut.

Harris-Tavita, who turned 20 on Wednesday, replaced follow rookie Adam Keighran after Kearney thought the latter wasn't involved enough

 The Junior Kiwi ran for 74 metres and also made 24 tackles while landing five of his six attempts at goal.

"I thought Chanel was good tonight," Kearney said.

"I was pleased for him, he kicked well, he took the line on well, defended pretty good.

"So I thought it was a good performance."

The Warriors now have an eight-day turnaround ahead of their next match against the unbeaten South Sydney Rabbitohs next Saturday.

Kearney is hopeful Bunty Afoa will be available for that match after the prop left the field after a head knock.

"We've got a fairly longish turnaround to the next game, so hopefully he should be okay.

"I've never heard him talk the way he's talking in the dressing sheds, it's like he's drunk. I've never seen him drunk, but he's not making sense, I know that much."

Kearney was also optimistic about the chances of having hookers Issac Luke and Nathaniel Roache available.

The Rabbitohs have won seven of their last eight games against the Warriors dating back to 2013.


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