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Cleary remains Warriors true believer

05/07/2009 03:49:03 PM Comments (0)

The Warriors are running out of opportunities to make the NRL finals but coach Ivan Cleary remains a believer.

Friday night's 28-14 loss to Brisbane was the Warriors' ninth of the season and left the side 11th in the standings with just five wins and draw.

They have nine games left in the regular season and need to win at least seven of those if they are to sneak into the play-offs.

"Absolutely we can do it," Cleary says.

"But for that to happen, we have to build some trust back into our game and the only way we will get that is from results.

"It's almost pointless talking about our dreams down the track. I really feel we have to turn our effort of recent weeks into a result. Our focus can only be next week," he told New Zealand's Sunday Herald.

However, Cleary's side face a tough schedule in the run home and have to play top four sides the Bulldogs, twice, St George Illawarra, Gold Coast and Melbourne.

Their other opponents are Canberra, Parramatta, Penrith and the Sydney Roosters.

Cleary said missed opportunities were proving costly.

"At crucial moments we are not getting the job done and we have to be better than that," he said.

Captain Steve Price told the paper the players had not spoken about the finals for the past two weeks.

"We spoke in the week about the fact we weren't working as a group," price said.

"We are busting our arses as individuals but aren't doing it as a group.

"We can't be worried about long-term stuff and can only worry about the now."

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