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Warriors need to lift to beat the best

Robert Lowe 14/08/2011 04:26:58 PM Comments (0)

The Warriors are looking to lift the bar after needing a late rally to secure a 20-12 NRL victory over Newcastle on Saturday.

The win consolidated sixth spot on the table and took the Warriors to 28 points, a tally that virtually confirms a finals spot.

But centre Shaun Berrigan said the points table wasn't a focus for the players, after they had "got out of jail" against the Knights.

"It's more about us improving each week and playing well," said Berrigan, a two-time grand final winner with Brisbane.

"[Last night] was disappointing. We know we can do better than that and we have to do better to compete with the top teams."

However, Berrigan also said the Warriors had plenty of belief they could turn around their fortunes when the came out after the interval down 12-4.

"I think we completed about one of our first seven sets in the game and we were giving them piggy backs with penalties out of their half," he said.

"We knew if we started completing our sets and playing to our game plan we had points in us, and in the end we got out of jail."

The Warriors have two away trips, to Penrith and St George Illawarra, before hosting North Queensland in the final round.

"It's a tough run-in, but you don't want to be playing easy games heading into the finals," Berrigan said.

"You want to be playing in nice tough contests, because when you come to the semi-finals, you've played those hard games and you know what to expect."

Prop Sam Rapira, starting a match for the first time after five appearances off the bench since returning from a thumb injury, stamped his mark on the contest, his 15 hit-ups producing a game-high 142 metres.

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