Warriors put best man Ben Henry in the middle

DAVID LONG
Last updated 05:00 16/08/2014
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CENTRE OF ATTENTION: Ben Henry was enjoying second row but is happy to step into centre for the good of the team.

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It is out of necessity rather than anything else that led to Ben Henry being moved from second row to centre for tomorrow's game against the Knights.

Henry has been one of the Warriors' most consistent players this season. He had been shaking off that utility tag he'd been tarnished with and over the past couple of months had established himself as one of the club's key forwards.

But the injuries to Konrad Hurrell and Dane Nielsen forced Warriors coach, Andrew McFadden to switch the likeable 22 year-old back into the centres.

It would be fair to say Henry wasn't overjoyed with the move, but he realises it was for the betterment of the club as they embark on their last four games of the season.

''I was having a pretty good stint in the second row, but this is a team sport,'' Henry told Fairfax Media.

''You think about there being 13 guys out there each doing their individual job and collectively that gets you the result, but if one guy isn't doing that you won't.

''I'm out there doing the job that needs to be done, so that's when we get those two points it's a team effort.''

After tomorrow's game against the Knights, the Warriors play the Roosters then Titans at home and finish off with a tricky assignment in Penrith.

With the ladder being so congested, the Warriors can only afford to lose one of those games and still be confident of getting a top eight finish.

But that defeat can't really come against the Knights, who's only remaining battle this season is avoiding the wooden spoon.

However, like the Sharks last weekend, Henry is aware that the opposition will play with freedom and passion and without the pressure of needing to get the win.

''They're a team that has got nothing to lose,'' Henry said.

''They're playing with a mentality of wearing their hearts on their sleeves. They're not saving anything and that's good for them, but a challenge for us, especially after the performance we put in against the Sharks.

''We were disappointed with that and we want to show the competition that we're serious and want to play with the big boys.

''It will be a good challenge this weekend and it will determine how we finish the season.''

Reflecting on the year from a personal point of view, this has been Henry's best one yet, but staying mostly injury free has played a part in that.

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''Things escalated quickly for me,'' he said.

''I came back from injury, only played a couple of games and then I got a phone call asking if I wanted to play for the Kiwis.

''Everything has been on the up from there and I attribute that to putting my head down and doing the hard work behind closed doors.

''You don't get lucky by doing nothing, the harder you work, the luckier you get.

''So it's been awesome and if we get to the playoffs, hopefully we can go all of the way.''

- Stuff

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