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Warriors admit NRL finals a long shot

  • Warriors admit NRL finals a long shot

    AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 19: Head Coach Andrew McFadden of the Roosters fronts the media after the round 15 NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Sydney Roosters at Mt Smart Stadium on June 19, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

They know it's no longer in their hands but the Warriors are refusing to give up on their NRL finals ambition.

A 34-6 hiding by North Queensland in Townsville on Saturday has left the Warriors needing to win their remaining two matches of the season to have any hope of making the eight.

With 24 points, the Warriors sit ninth on the ladder, three points behind Gold Coast.

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Even if the New Zealand-based club can beat Wests Tigers and Parramatta in Auckland over the next two weeks, a win to the Titans in any of their remaining games will make a top eight finish impossible for the Warriors.

It's a dramatic decline for a club which just a fortnight ago defeated the Titans at Robina to move into the box seat for a finals position.

But a shock loss at home to South Sydney and the Cowboys defeat, as well as a knee injury to hooker Issac Luke, have taken their toll.

"There's still hope, but it's not within our hands," McFadden said.

"We're going to have to rely on results. We've got two home games and we want to finish the season strong.

"Disappointed, because we have let opportunities slip in the last couple of weeks."

Adding to McFadden's woes, the Warriors leave Townsville with key backs Solomone Kata and Ken Maumalo battling hamstring injuries.

Kata failed to even start Saturday's clash while Maumalo limped off in the 20th minute.

Warriors captain Ryan Hoffman said the team cannot afford to wallow in self-pity and simply have to get on with the job of winning their remaining games.

"That's reality. We can't worry about anything else," Hoffman said.

"We have Tigers next week, that's our priority. Put in a good performance there, get the result and then we've just got to move on."

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