Warriors coach Andrew McFadden's warning

SARAH HARVEY
Last updated 05:00 17/07/2014
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CONCERN: Warriors fullback Sam Tomkins pulled up with an injury at the team's training yesterday.

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The Warriors cannot be complacent, and will face a much sterner test against the Broncos at home this weekend, coach Andrew McFadden says.

He also warned any side set to face the Warriors they should be practising scrummaging following the Tomkins' try off the back of a scrum during their 48-0 shellacking of the Eels at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday night.

The Warriors were back at training yesterday, preparing to face, in Brisbane, a Broncos side coming off a one-point loss to second-placed Penrith on Monday.

There was some concerns about an injury to star UK import Sam Tomkins, who was forced to leave training with a hip injury.

McFadden said Tomkins had felt his hip flexor tighten, and left to be assessed by medical staff.

"I have spoken to our medical department and they think he will be OK, but we will see. It hit us a bit unexpectedly today." McFadden wasn't prepared to debate who might replace Tomkins in the No 1 jersey but, with specialist fullback Kevin Locke having left the club in controversial circumstances, young wing David Fusitu'a looks a likely option, having played fullback for the Junior Warriors and reserve grade.

McFadden wasn't prepared to be distracted by the injury, and said the focus for the team was backing up on a dominant display.

"We have got to keep working hard. Those sorts of games happen from time to time, and sometimes they are more of a distraction than they are a positive, because you can be complacent afterwards.

"The real focus for this week's performance is whether we can do that sort of stuff under pressure." McFadden said he would not let his side be overawed by public pressure.

"That's what happens when you start hitting a bit of form ... but if we want to be a really great side, a really top side, then that's going to come with it.

"Dealing with the expectations is something we have got to learn to do . . . we want to be talked about, it's just going to be our ability to stay consistent and stay focused on our performance."

Speaking about the scrums, McFadden said: "It can be a potentially great play for rugby league in tying up the forwards and opening up the field for the backs, but at the moment teams just break so quickly that it's not really an advantage".

"If I was a team coaching against our team I would be practising a bit of scrummaging, just in case it happens. I'm not sure what will happen from it, but we are just going to worry about ourselves.

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McFadden said he expected a lift in intensity for Saturday's game.

"It will be a different game this weekend. We will be playing at Suncorp, probably in front of 40,000 [people], against a full-strength Broncos team.

- Stuff

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