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Warriors review harsh lessons

Published: 7:32AM Thursday April 05, 2012 Source: AAP

  • Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors  (Source: Getty Images )
    Manu Vatuvei of the Warriors - Source: Getty Images

Warriors coach Brian McClennan claims last year's NRL grand finalists took a step backwards in their development with last week's shock loss to Sydney Roosters.

The Warriors' indifferent 2012 form continued with their dismal effort against the Roosters, leaving them with just two wins and a negative points differential from their first five games under McClennan.

The former New Zealand Test mentor said it was vital his side did not simply wipe the result against the Roosters, but rather use it to help promote a bounce back against Canberra on Sunday.

"We're certainly not discarding it - we reviewed it early the next morning and we're trying to be constructive about it and being honest," McClennan said.

"We were very poor - really it was a big step back.

"We thought we were getting some headway, some growth and that was just really poor.

"We're pretty dark on how we performed, the coaching staff and players. We've held our heads up, we're accountable and now it's a matter of working hard and getting ready for Canberra."

The organisation of a week-long camp in Kiama on the NSW south coast has been timely in the wake of the loss, with McClennan keen to use the time to bring the squad closer together.

The trip to the nation's capital is the start of a vital month for the Warriors, with three of the four games that follow the Raiders clash to be played in Auckland - with a trip to Melbourne to ladder leaders the Storm sandwiched in the middle.

"It's been a week for us to get together," McClennan said.

"Although you spend time together all the time, it's in a professional environment, training and then off home.

"We've been able to have some meetings at night and been able to do some things (outside football) together and get a lot more done.

"We've been able to get ready for Canberra but also other games beyond, review what we've done in the first block of games and identify areas of improvement."