League: Consistency critical now, says Rapira

By David Skipwith

Sam Rapira of the Warriors. Photo / Sarah Ivey
Sam Rapira of the Warriors. Photo / Sarah Ivey
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Warriors prop Sam Rapira says an emphasis on consistency is needed to ensure they put together back-to-back performances they can be proud of.

Sunday's big win over the Titans came off the back of the Warriors forwards steam-rolling their opposites, a week after they had shown the defensive steel of a wet paper bag against a rampant Roosters pack.

Lifting their game to give their playmakers time and space to attack was key to the dramatic turnaround, but Rapira says they need to follow it up with another big display against the fourth-ranked Panthers on Sunday.

"Our main goal was to march forward and stop them coming through us, which I think we did a reasonably good job of," Rapira said. "We did step up to the plate but it's doing it again next week. The boys definitely started well and maintained a good standard throughout the game but we need to do that consistently."

Coach Andrew McFadden had challenged his pack to restore some pride in their performance and dominate the Titans physically, but Rapira said they knew where they were falling short. "We didn't need telling after what happened against the Roosters, they pretty much ran through us. We had a bit of a challenge within ourselves to get back to what we do best, so I think we did a lot better but can still improve."

- NZ Herald

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