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Warriors hunting for sixth straight win

By Nicky Park 22/07/2010 03:14:00 PM Comments (0)

The Warriors are on the hunt for their sixth win on the trot and promise to up the intensity of their already primed defence in this Sunday's NRL clash with South Sydney.

If the in-form Warriors manage to beat the Bunnies at ANZ Stadium they'll be just a couple of victories away from matching their longest winning streak of eight, set back in 2002 when they made it to the grand final.

After a shaky start to the 2010 season, Warriors coach Ivan Cleary shifted focus to defence a couple of months back, and the results have been rolling in for the New Zealand side.

The Warriors emerged 13-6 winners from last weekend's game against a shattered Melbourne side and have only conceded 12 points in their last two games as they worked their way up to fifth on a cluttered ladder.

But Cleary is wary of the Rabbitohs' potent attack, headed by English recruit Sam Burgess.

"Souths are one of the best attacking sides in the competition and also one of the biggest and most physical teams," Cleary said.

"They certainly make you earn your day's work so we're going to have to go there physically.

"We know our defence is going to be tested this week (but) we're probably in a pretty good position to take that test on."

Cleary said 22-year-old Burgess was one of the most exciting players he'd seen in the NRL this year.

"He's been outstanding and certainly a key to their game," Cleary said.

Warriors halfback Brett Seymour said Burgess was the star last time the teams met when the Kiwis managed to sneak away with a 26-24 win over the visitors in round 10.

"His form hasn't tapered off, it's just gone up," said Seymour, who is "good to go" after an injury-studded start to his first season with the Warriors.

"We'll have every confidence in our pack to look after that and hopefully our backs can get over the top of them."

While Cleary admitted "it would nice" to secure a place in the top four and, with it, a home final, he was sticking to a more short-term game plan.

"If you keep winning then things take care of themselves," he said.

But with seven weeks left of the regular season, excitable Seymour couldn't help but get pumped about the potential of a packed Mt Smart stadium come finals time.

"If we can get a taste of finals footy ... this joint would go off, can't wait," he said.

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