Addressing the Warriors' loss to the North Queensland Cowboys on Saturday night, coach Stephen Kearney honed in on two areas his team failed; composure and execution.

The stats indicated the Warriors were the better side but that didn't translate on the scoreboard, as an inability to capitalise on opportunities dominated their performance.

"It was one we let slip," Kearney said of the match. "We did some really good things out there but lacked composure at times and we just really didn't do a good enough job in trying to build some pressure on the Cowboys."

While they had less possession, the Warriors were able to break the North Queensland line on five occasions, break through 17 more tackles than the visitors and had a more effective defence.


However, the hosts made 12 errors in the match, nine of which came in the first half, and missed chances to run up the score early in the contest. It's something the side will need to address in a hurry as they eye an Anzac Day clash against the Storm in Melbourne.

"We just didn't execute well and it frustrated the group ... I think that's probably more the area we need to focus on.

"If you're not executing the final pass, we got pulled back a couple of times ... that sort of stuff builds up and I think we frustrated ourselves into making it worse and we lacked a bit of composure."

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck echoed his coach's comments and said the side would have to go back to the drawing board to work how their play in the attacking third went so wrong.

"The boys talked about going to the long game and just completing our sets. There were a lot of costly errors for us, we couldn't hold it," Tuivasa-Sheck said.

"We just couldn't ice it, that was our problem.

"It's tough that it's a tough turnaround because we have to get back on it, but a pleasing thing is that we can get over this loss pretty quickly."