They were left battered and bruised after last week's torrid encounter with Melbourne but the Warriors will line up as planned in tonight's crucial showdown with Ivan Cleary's Panthers in Penrith.
Key cogs Simon Mannering, Feleti Mateo and workhorse wing Bill Tupou were among those to sit out training sessions, but all three are expected to play tonight in a side that includes the fresh legs of Kevin Locke and Steve Rapira.
Having slumped to 10th on the ladder with a 5-7 record after last week's lesson at the hands of Melbourne, the Warriors desperately need a victory over a Panthers side minus Origin stars Luke Lewis, Michael Jennings and Tim Grant.
While a draw that means the Panthers must play all three matches during the Origin period, when most clubs with a similar level of representation will play just two, has left Cleary feeling a little "stiffed", the Warriors will no doubt be reflecting on the misfortune of meeting the Storm twice at full strength this season.
Whatever their misgivings about the unbalanced draw and the impact of Origin on the competition, both clubs will realise a defeat will be a significant blow to their finals aspirations.
The Panthers have laboured near the foot of the table all season and remain just one spot off the bottom. However, they have won just one match fewer than the Warriors and an upswing in form that has included wins over the Dragons and Sea Eagles suggests all is not lost for a team widely tipped for the wooden spoon.
The Warriors, by contrast, were highly fancied coming into 2012, but a number of blown opportunities have left them struggling to live up to expectations.
Coach Brian McClennan knows the pressure is mounting.
"It's how you manage the pressure that counts," he said.
"The situation at the moment is that we need some competition points. So we need to perform really well to give ourselves a chance of getting those points."
Locke's return for just his sixth match of the season may well prove crucial.
With the seemingly cursed fullback jumper having done for Jerome Ropati and Krisnan Inu, and Glen Fisiiahi having failed to make much of a statement, the lack of consistency at the back has neutered the team's attack at crucial times.
"He's a cheeky little bugger and he plays like that," said McClennan of Locke.
"He's got a box full of tricks and if he can play the full 80 that will really help us a lot. We've really suffered from not having a consistent number one."
The hard-hitting younger Rapira brother, Steve, also gets his chance to lay down a marker tonight.
An unfortunate run of injuries has limited him to just four matches in the top grade since he returned from the Cowboys in 2011, but an injury to brother Sam has opened up a spot in the front row.
While the Warriors will be highly fancied, they weren't falling into the trap of believing the Panthers posed little threat without their Origin stars, Rapira said.
"That is the worst way you can think," he said. "The thing is, the boys who are coming in to fill their position, they are getting a shot so they are going out there to prove everything. [Someone] coming from NSW Cup has nothing to lose and everything to prove."
Rapira could just as easily be talking about himself there, while former Warriors junior Matt Robinson is another hoping to make a statement.
A member of the Warriors' champion 2010 NYC team, the Wellingtonian was told last season by Cleary to find another club due to the logjam of backrowers ahead of him. Coincidentally, he signed with Penrith just a day after Cleary made up his mind to take up a three-year offer from the Panthers.
Robinson will make his fourth first-grade appearance off the bench.
"He's been progressing nicely," Cleary said. "He's been in good form for our feeder club the Windsor Wolves and now he has an opportunity in first grade. He hasn't let anyone down yet and I don't expect him to."
Warriors: Lewis Brown, Steve Rapira, Sione Lousi, Jacob Lillyman
Panthers: Matt Robinson, Chris Armit, Danny Galea, Nigel Plum.