Warrington’s victory in front of 20,936 fans will mean the NRL title race has shifted to the top four, with the Warrington and North Queensland sides battling for the final four spots in the Top 16.
The Roosters, who were crowned champions last weekend, are the reigning premiers, with a two-point lead on the Broncos and three games to go.
But the Warrords and Broncos are locked in a battle for the top three spots, with only the Titans left standing.
“We have to stay the course,” Roosterers coach Wayne Bennett said.
“It’s about making sure we keep winning.
I think we have a lot of work to do and we have to keep pushing.”
You never know how good we can be.
We’ve got a great group of guys.
“Warrington have a strong squad to pick from, with fullback Ryan Hall, fullback Corey Oates, prop Tom Boyd and fullback Ben Mills all vying for the squad spot.
The Warrards, who have lost four of their last five matches, will look to build on the momentum they have built up, with Bennett expecting them to have a hard-fought contest for the title.”
To be honest with you, the way they’re playing, it’s really hard to go away from them,” Bennett said of the Warringah side.”
The way they’ve played the last two weeks, I think the Roostals have got a real good chance of going into the final.
“Warringah’s first win in five games saw the Warrnors move ahead of the Broncos, who beat them 24-17 at Eden Park on Saturday.
However, it was the Rooster-Roosters clash at home that really sealed the deal for the Broncos.”
There’s a lot to be proud of,” Bennett added.”
I thought we were going to come out here and get a win, but then the Roos got away from us and got a win.
“They’re a great side and I think they’ll be a great challenge for us, but we’ll have to be really hard on them.”
Warriors coach Paul McGregor said the Rovers’ victory at the SCG was the difference between the two teams.
“A lot of our players are still in training and they have a big week ahead of them and hopefully we can bring them back to full strength,” McGregor said.