Andrew Webster, the head coach of the Warriors, is taking a cautious approach as his team aims to secure a spot in the finals. Despite their current position sitting third in the Telstra Premiership ladder, Webster is refusing to get too ahead of himself or focus on the prospect of playing in the post-season. His past experiences at the Warriors and the Wests Tigers have taught him the dangers of prematurely dreaming of the finals.
During his previous stint at the Warriors, Webster vividly remembers beating the Melbourne Storm in Round 18 of 2015 and feeling the excitement of potentially making the playoffs. However, the team ultimately lost every game for the rest of the season and missed out on the playoffs. This served as a valuable lesson for Webster, reminding him of the importance of staying focused and not getting caught up in premature celebrations.
Webster has also witnessed similar situations during his time with the Wests Tigers. In his first three years with the Tigers, they were consistently close to making the playoffs, causing Webster to constantly analyse the team’s chances and worry about their performance. However, he acknowledges that such anticipation can often become a distraction and hinder a team’s chances of success.
Instead, Webster emphasises the need for his team to focus on each game individually and not look too far ahead. He understands that looking ahead can be detrimental to their performance and increase the likelihood of losing games. Webster’s priority is for the team to maintain a winning mindset and approach each week as a new challenge.
As the regular season approaches its final game, Webster admits that he will take a closer look at the ladder standings. However, for now, his sole focus is on winning each week and ensuring the Warriors secure their place in the finals.
The Warriors‘ next match sees them travel to the Gold Coast to face the Titans. With the majority of their remaining games to be held in New Zealand, the team is determined to finish strong and secure their spot in the finals. Their final game of the regular season will be against the Dolphins in Brisbane, providing an opportunity to solidify their place in the playoffs.