NRL: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck confident Warriors can turn around fortunes

The Warriors are brushing off suggestions they're under pressure, despite just two wins this season and losses in their last four games.

They head to Brisbane this weekend to face the St George Dragons, marking the start of a new halves pairing they hope will change their fortunes.

The Warriors certainly don't look like a team under pressure, with players enjoying each other's company at an intense training session on Wednesday.

But the reality is they've had little to celebrate this season, sitting on four competition points after eight rounds.

Coach Stephen Kearney acknowledged the side's current position is far from ideal, but given they have been competitive for large periods, he believes they are on the right track.

"We've put ourselves right in the contest over the last four weeks, but we haven’t quite been good enough," he noted.

Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck shares that optimism.

The 2018 Dally M Player of the Year brushes off suggestions the side is struggling to deal with winning expectations established last year.

"Not so much," Tuivasa-Sheck said. "The boys are coming in here, trying to get good performances strung together, and it's about coming here and doing your job."

The Warriors have struggled to do that in the last month, but club senior player Tohu Harris says they aren't far away from clicking.

"The more we do all the right things throughout the week, the more we can build that confidence back up and the more chance we give ourselves to be able to do it on game day."

And on Saturday, their new playmaker will get his first opportunity in Warriors colours.

Kodi Nikorima's 86 games of experience are likely to be crucial in getting their season back on track.

"That's the main thing with Shaun [Johnson] going," said Tuivasa-Sheck.

"Unfortunately, we're just missing a bit of game awareness and experience, and that's what Kodi has."

And Tuivasa-Sheck isn't looking for a place to hide. The fullback was shut down by the Knights on the weekend, limited to 64 metres, as halfback Mitchell Pearce implemented a game-plan to eliminate the biggest threat.

But the Kiwis international is embracing his role as the heart of the Warriors.

"It's going to be tough, I know that," he said. "I knew what I was signing up to.

"This is the whole purpose of being here was this challenge and that's what I'm enjoying."

He'll hope that challenge can be made a little easier from Saturday in Brisbane.


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