Mateo: Don’t Blame SSS

Feleti_MateoBy STEVE MASCORD
WARRIORS star Feleti Mateo says the club’s Slow Start Syndrome is not to blame for a dismal opening fortnight to 2014.
“To me it feels completely different,” Mateo tells RLW.
“We’re working a lot harder. Our systems in place shouldn’t be allowing this sort of play and we’re letting ourselves down.
“I’m sure it won’t take long and we’ll click into gear.”
Like coach Matthew Elliott, Mateo believes the Aucklanders aren’t sufficiently imposing themselves on opponents.
“I think we’re thereabouts – we’re just not going hard enough. We’re not challenging who we’re playing, physically, enough.
“With the team we’ve got, it shouldn’t be an issue but the last two weeks, we’ve let ourselves down.”
Mateo says the loss to St George Illawarra was an improvement on the previous week’s defeat to his former club Parramatta.
“It felt better out there, even in the second half. The defence was a lot better but there’s always room for improvement.”

Filed for: RUGBY LEAGUE WEEK

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