Warriors go head to head

The Warriors go head to head in a speed training session.
The Warriors go head to head in a speed training session.

The blitzing speed of several key Warriors stars has been shown off in a video shot during a training session held yesterday.

The team are now into their second week of training for 2016 as they count down to the NRL Auckland Nines which kicks off on February 6.

During the training, star players Shaun Johnson, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Konrad Hurrell and Issac Luke went head-to head in a speed session.

Johnson broke his ankle and tore ligaments in a late season clash with Manly last year, after getting his leg trapped under defender.

He's been out of the game since then and the Warriors struggled without him during the 2015 season.

The video reveals he's on track with his recovery and ready for a strong 2016.

"I'm training pretty much full sessions," he told the Herald during an interview last week,"[There is] just a bit of the contact stuff I am not doing at the moment but that will start happening over the next couple of weeks."

Long-suffering fans have their hopes high for the Warriors after the 2015 season turned into a nightmare.

After climbing into fourth spot heading into round 19 a record-equalling eight straight losses saw them crash out of the finals race.

Warriors 2015 stats

Warriors 2015: Games 24, Won nine, lost 15 (37.5%). Finished 13th.
Points for: 445 - 13th ahead of only the Titans (439), Dragons (435) and Panthers (399).
Points against: 588 - third worst behind the Knights (612) and Titans (636).

2015 record against current top eight teams: Games 12, Won two, lost 10 (16.66%)
1. Roosters - Two losses (21-25 & 0-24)
2. Broncos - Lost (16-24)
3. Cowboys - Two losses (24-28 & 16-50)
4. Storm - One loss (14-30), one win (28-14)
5. Bulldogs - Lost (22-26)
6. Sharks - One win (20-16), one loss (14-18)
7. Rabbitohs - Lost (4-36)
8. Dragons - Lost (0-36)

The two victories came in a last-second round nine win over the Sharks, thanks to a brilliant last-second individual try to Shaun Johnson, and in the dominant, but ultimately misleading, 28-14 round 18 win over the Storm.

The other seven wins of the season came against teams in the bottom half of the ladder, against the Raiders x 2 (10th), Eels x 2 (12th), Wests Tigers (15th), Knights (16th), and Titans (14th).

Andrew McFadden's record

Warriors record: Games 43. Won 19, lost 24 (44.18%).
2014 record: Games 19 W10 L9 (52.63%) Finished ninth.

The NRL squad have returned to the training paddock. More photos HERE http://bit.ly/1PJkb0i

Posted by Vodafone Warriors on Monday, January 4, 2016

- NZ Herald

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