Warriors

Focused Warriors primed for NRL charge

Red-hot fullback Tuivasa-Sheck is pointing to last month's embarrassing 36-12 loss to the Gold Coast Titans as the wake-up he and his team needed.

The seventh-placed Kiwi club have since outplayed St George Illawarra and Newcastle to all-but book a finals berth.

At the forefront has been Tuivasa-Sheck, returning the football in devastating fashion.

Every defender beaten and metre chewed up is based on a more narrowed approach, he says, with the 25-year-old now realising he had spent too much energy on what he thought a captain should be doing.

Tongan flyer Fusitu'a commits to Warriors

Fusitu'a is now set to become the eighth Warriors player to clock up a decade of service.

The 23-year-old wing, who debuted as a teenager in 2014, has scored 47 tries in 75 games for the Warriors.

He is currently fourth on the NRL try scoring lists with 15 tries in 18 matches this season.

Coach Stephen Kearney said it had been a priority to retain the powerfully built player, who has played in the centres and at fullback for the club before settling on the right flank.

Lakers face Warriors at Christmas

The Warriors have defeated James' former franchise the Cleveland Cavaliers in each of the past two NBA Finals, securing a dominant 4-0 clean sweep earlier this year.

Wednesday saw the release of the schedule for the 2018-19 season, which includes several nationally televised games on December 25.

Those include a showdown between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Boston Celtics, which will pit Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons against Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum.

Tohu Harris out of Warriors NRL clash

The 26-year-old Kiwi international, who was set to make his comeback after an injury to his left knee, has now injured his right knee in a training session.

He's returning home for immediate minor surgery.

It's yet to be determined when he is expected to be fit to play again.

Meanwhile Canterbury put a massive dent in Brisbane's top-four NRL hopes, shocking the finals-bound Broncos 36-22 in Sydney last night.

Blair, Luke and Harris return to boosts Warriors

Harris (knee) and Luke (calf) were listed in the initial line-up for last Sunday's encounter with Gold Coast but didn't recover sufficiently and were later ruled out.

Blair was serving a one-match suspension but, along with Luke and Harris, returns in a starting forward pack showing three changes from the combination used in the 36-12 loss to the Titans.

Luke slots in for Jazz Tevaga, Harris for Joseph Vuna and Blair for Simon Mannering.

Kearney calls Warriors soft

The Warriors wilted in a 36-12 loss on the Gold Coast on Sunday after establishing a 12-8 lead at halftime.

A win would would have put them three victories clear of ninth with five games remaining.

Instead, they leaked five unanswered tries and miss a chance to consolidate their first NRL finals campaign since 2011.

It was a shock turn of events given they had won their past seven at Cbus Super Stadium, 14 of their past 15 against the Titans and seven of nine away games this year.

Harris to return for Gold Coast clash

The 26-year-old comes back four weeks after picking up a knee injury in the final minute of the 16th-round clash against Cronulla on June 29.

Harris is set to return on schedule after having surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee.

Pulu is listed in jersey #21 on the extended eight-man bench.

He appeared in each of the Warriors' season-opening five wins before being forced off the field with a midfoot foot injury 23 minutes into the sixth-round contest with the Brisbane Broncos on April 14.

Warriors fall to table-topping Storm

The premiers haven't always been pretty on a winning run that stretches seven matches but they did enough again at Mt Smart Stadium on Sunday.

In a far cry from their 50-10 win over the Warriors on Anzac Day, Melbourne relied on defensive scrambling, slightly better control and some fortunate referee calls to join South Sydney and St George Illawarra on 13 wins.

A superior points differential puts them on top and on target to repeat their minor premiership win in 2017.

Maumalo back for Warriors

Rookie Kiwi international Maumalo is back from a knee complaint after missing last Sunday's 26-6 win over Brisbane, while Gavet reaches his milestone almost six years since making his first-grade debut late in the 2012 season.

Maumalo's reappearance on the left wing is the only change to the starting line-up used in the victory over the Broncos.

Peta Hiku, switched to the left flank after originally being listed at right centre at Suncorp Stadium, has been moved to the interchange to make way for Maumalo.

Ah Mau returning to Warriors

A Kiwi debutant in Denver who made his NRL debut with the Warriors in 2009, Ah Mau has impressed this year off the bench for the Dragons.

However he made clear to the Saints earlier this year he wanted to return home to New Zealand, and knocked back an offer from the Red V to sign with the Warriors until at least the end of 2021.

"Leeson will be a wonderful addition to our squad from next season," Warriors coach Stephen Kearney said.

"He's a big forward who is consistently one of the Dragons' best week in, week out.