Konrad Hurrell learns harsh lessons

DAVID LONG
Last updated 09:49 16/06/2013
Konrad Hurrell
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BITTERSWEET: Konrad Hurrell charges towards the line for the match-winning try against Manly. Moments later he was subbed.

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Konrad Hurrell's focus after last weekend's 18-16 win over the Sea Eagles wasn't on the superb solo try he scored late in the second half, but that he was yanked off the field immediately afterwards.

Within the space of a minute Hurrell's career at the Warriors was summed up perfectly.

He is a match winner on attack but can be a coach killer on defence.

Asked why he subbed Hurrell off just after he scored the decisive try, Warriors coach Matt Elliott said he wanted to have his best defensive team on the field for the last 11 minutes to defend a narrow lead.

Hurrell's not one of those players and he had to watch the remainder of the match, anxiously hoping the Warriors would hold out.

"It was a tough game, obviously my defence went down and I got pulled off for the last 10 minutes but overall I gave it my best," Hurrell said.

"I was trying too hard and that didn't work out well but I think I did some things good on the field.

"It was pretty disappointing for me, but it was a good thing for the team because there are better players on defence than me. We came away with the win, so I'm happy about that, but I do have to keep working on my defence."

It's a different matter on attack, though, with Hurrell one Warrior who can score a try out of nothing.

Against the Sea Eagles he beat five players in a 10m run when he swerved, spun and powered his way through for his sixth try in nine games this season.

"That's where I'm good, when I'm 10m away from the tryline," Hurrell said.

"So against Manly I kept calling for the ball throughout the whole of the game and obviously I got that opportunity near the end and was happy with that."

Hurrell spent four weeks playing for the Vulcans and he admitted he found it hard to deal with his demotion.

"It was really tough for me to go down but I reckon I deserved it," he said.

"I made a couple of errors and let the team down.

"I kept my head up when I went down, worked hard and managed to get back into the team and hopefully I'll stay up here for the rest of the year."

Each game since that 62-6 loss to Penrith a month ago has been treated as a huge occasion. The wins over the Knights, Broncos and Sea Eagles have been achieved against increasingly tougher opposition and if they were to beat the Roosters today then the whispers from Australia about how impressive the Warriors are now looking will grow into a roar.

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"The boys are keeping their heads high and there's lots of smiling which is good," Hurrell said of the growing momentum and confidence levels at the club.

"When you come away with a win it improves our confidence and hopefully there will be more wins to come."

- Sunday News

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