Wests Tigers coach Tim Sheens says the club is ready to turn around their patchy NRL form and exact revenge on the Warriors for ending their premiership dream last season.
Sheens admitted the Tigers were still burning from the heart-breaking semi-final loss, where Warriors centre Krisnan Inu scored the match winner in the dying minutes to knock the Tigers out.
When asked if the loss still hurt, Sheens said: “I think so, yeah, particularly the nature of the last try that beat us, given that we’d led the whole game … so we’ve got a lot to play for.”
Sheens said the lesson on offer that night was one the Tigers were still coming to grips with.
He said despite recording three wins on the trot, his team had still yet to impress ahead of Friday’s clash at Leichhardt Oval.
The past two victories have been one-point wins over Parramatta and Gold Coast respectively, highlighting Sheens’ concerns which trail back to their finals defeat last season.
“We’ve got a lesson to learn there. We’re going to have to play a little more consistent,” Sheens said.
“Our form has been patchy but we’ve put together three wins in our last three games so we are looking to build on that.”
Halfback Benji Marshall, who is standing in as skipper with Robbie Farah in camp with NSW ahead of next week’s State Or Origin opener, said the wins had not been anything special.
“I wouldn’t say we’ve turned the corner yet,” Marshall said.
"Our form still hasn’t been outstanding. We were probably lucky to win against the Gold Coast.
"Even though we’ve been winning, it hasn’t been the most polished performances.
"A little bit inconsistent but at the same time the last three wins have been very important after five losses.
“Just to get that sort of momentum back into the squad and then get two points for the bye did us a lot of favours going into this game.”
Injured back-rower Chris Heighington remains unlikely to return from a hand injury despite seeing a specialist on Thursday.
Sheens also shot down any suggestion the club was chasing former Tigers fullback Wade McKinnon, who is seeking a new deal after parting ways with English Super League club Hull FC.