Titans won't let Warriors find form, says Hurrell

Titans player Konrad Hurrell takes the ball forward against the Sydney Roosters in round one.
Titans player Konrad Hurrell takes the ball forward against the Sydney Roosters in round one. DAVE HUNT

FORMER Warrior Konrad Hurrell believes the under-fire Kiwis are not far off finding the form their superstar list suggests they should deliver but is determined the Titans will not be the team that delivers a morale-boosting win.

With national coach Stephen Kearney at the helm and Kieran Foran added to their list, the Warriors were among the competition favourites in the pre-season.

But a 1-3 start to the season has the Warriors languishing in 14th place on the competition ladder, a spot below the injury-ravaged Titans.

Hurrell, who started his career with the New Zealand club before linking with the Titans last year after falling out of favour in Auckland, returns to Mt Smart Stadium for the first time on Sunday.

And he heads into the clutch game knowing the pressure the underperforming Warriors would be under.

"Obviously it's a one-team country, it's the only team in New Zealand and there's a lot of pressure," Hurrell said.

"They've got good players but they're not performing that well at the moment.

"But as soon as they get their form right they'll be winning some games and they'll get back on their feet."

While a win could kickstart the Warriors' campaign, Hurrell and his Titans teammates are determined their momentum will not come at the Gold Coast's expense.

"No way, no way (we want to give them a leg up). Obviously both teams need the win to go forward from here and hopefully that's going to be us," he said.

"We've got to go down there and play our own game.

"The crowd is always good over there for the Warriors and we've just got to go over there and be stronger than them."

Hurrell admitted he had circled the Warriors' clash on his calendar, looking forward to his return to play in front of family and friends, including mother Fatafehi, who has flown in from Tonga to be at the game.

"Every game I look forward to but especially this one," he said.

"It used to be my home ground back in the day but I'm looking forward to it and a win would be good for us."

Hurrell has overcome an ankle injury to be fit for the match and will be better for last week's run with new centre partner Dale Copley, while his right-side combination with young gun Tyrone Roberts-Davis continues to improve.

"I'm not quite happy yet, that combination's not there yet but a few more games and we'll be sweet," he said.

But with both Copley and Roberts-Davis happy to be quiet achievers, Hurrell is doing his best to bring them out of their shells.

"(Copley) is a bit quiet, so I'm being annoying and trying to get him out there," Hurrell said.

"I'm pretty sure he's annoyed at me already.

"You can't get anything out of (Roberts-Davis), he's quiet. I'm pretty sure there's a personality there, he's just quiet because he's young.

"I've told him that it doesn't matter how old he is, he's playing NRL, so he's made it.

"But our senior players are all humble, so I can see he's getting in (that mould)."

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