No time for video nasties

Mike Maguire
Mike Maguire

MICHAEL Maguire has not inflicted any video nasties on his players ahead of tonight’s game against Harlequins – because he’s thrown the tape away!

Midway through last season, in front of almost 19,000 at the DW Stadium, Harlequins stunned the home fans when they beat the Warriors 38-26 in one of the genuine shocks of an ultimately successful 2010 campaign.

However, that result has clearly been consigned to the history books and right now it’s all about bidding to extend a five-game winning streak this evening.

Warriors head coach Maguire said: “I’ve thrown last year’s tape away!

“It’s still in my head, it shows what this competition is about.

“We’ve got to make sure we turn up, we found out ourselves that.

“That memory is still there, and those games are there – Bradford and Quins who finished further down the ladder who beat us.

“It was a lesson we learned last year and I think that’s what created a lot of what we’re doing here, the consistency, and that’s something we’ve tried to build on.

“We didn’t enjoy it at the time but we took a lot out of it and we move on.

“If you don’t turn up on the day, they can surprise you.”

Warriors will be hot favourites tonight, given Harlequins’ miserable run of just one draw in their last eight Super League outings, but Maguire still exercises some caution.

He said: “Every team comes out of a trough and we have to make sure it’s not this week, and that’s something we can stop.

“We pride ourselves on turning up to perform every week and that’s what we’re looking to do.”

Maguire added: “It’s very busy at the top of the table and a lot can change, but the one thing that we can influence is what we do, and if we do that then by the business end of the season we’ll be in the right position.

“It’s more about ourselves, making sure we defend as we can and score some good tries like we did last weekend.”

In terms of team news for tonight, Maguire appears content that his squad will be strong once again following last weekend’s thumping Challenge Cup victory against minnows Barrow.

The coach said: “Joel Tomkins has a slight calf strain and we’ll look at that, but other than that we’ve pulled up pretty well. Lee Mossop will hopefully come back in.

“I thought Jack Hughes did well last weekend, it’s pleasing to see another local boy coming through and that just creates that bit more pressure because I know there’s another player who can play first-grade.”

Of the longer-term injury absentees, Maguire states that Harrison Hansen, Stuart Fielden and Eamonn O’Carroll are all ‘making good progress’.