Warriors coach Elliott provides some TV gold

DAVID LONG
Last updated 15:27 21/06/2013
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THINGS LOOKING UP: Warriors coach Matt Elliott.

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Warriors coach Matt Elliott usually prefers the attention to be on the players rather than himself.

But last night has was centre of the camera's focus when Australian league programme Sterlo featured him in the coach's box during last weekend's 23-12 win over the Roosters.

Elliott showed an array of emotions as the game went on and he said today that while he agreed to the filming, he was nervous about what the end result.

"They were really kind to me," Elliott said. 

"They took a fair bit of the technical content out that I wasn't comfortable about being on air.

"Obviously a lot of time in the box in heated moments your language isn't great and you're focusing on individuals doing things better.

"Sterlo [Peter Sterling] was really clear before about what they were going to show, it came across as pretty simplistic, but I cringed, I'm not really comfortable with it to be honest."

Elliott said while his initial reaction was to turn down the request to film him during the game, he knew it would be good publicity for the Warriors in Australia.

"I spoke to the CEO (Wayne Scurrah) about it and it was an opportunity to represent the club in Australia.

"Sterlo asked me, I know him reasonably well and I was highly reluctant. 

"But rather than me saying no, I wanted Wayne to say no to my mate, but he said 'you're doing it.'"

One of the best moments in the programme occurred when Elliott screamed at Glen Fisiiahi to run towards the post after he'd made a break. 
"I am normally pretty calm to be honest," he smiled. 

"I've been doing it a while and I've worked out that when you're screaming telling Fish [Fisiiahi] to go to the posts, he actually can't hear you.

"I like to think I'm pretty composed, but I do get a bit heated. Andrew [McFadden, his assistant coach] and I have been known to have a bit of conflict there at times too.

"I was disappointed in that it didn't show the level of contribution that my assistants and analyst provide during the match.

"I am forever getting crucial information and particularly in that game from Andrew and it would have been nice to have seen a bit of that."

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