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Flanagan in line for another NRL recall as Barrett seethes at bunker

The exit of the Warriors’ captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck to start his rugby union career early – coupled with the departure of Leeson Ah Mau – was meant to signal the end of the club’s finals hopes. But someone forgot to tell the players who stayed behind.

Given their inferior points differential, the Warriors will probably have to win their remaining three games – against the Broncos, Raiders and Titans – to be a chance. But stranger things have happened this season.

“To win three [in a row] is pleasing, even though we weren’t quite as good as we would have liked to have been,” Brown said. “For us it’s about plodding on each week.

“We’ve had a lot of missed games with injuries and blokes going home, as bad as that’s been it’s also a positive with our younger blokes getting to play a lot. We certainly feel we’re progressing.”

The Bulldogs were forced to borrow Canberra forwards Ryan James and Corey Horsburgh on two-week loans to field a competitive side given suspensions to props Luke Thompson, Jack Hetherington and Dylan Napa.

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James, in particular, was a standout, but was also placed on report for a late challenge on Chanel Harris-Tavita as he kicked downfield. Barrett said the veteran forward “had nothing to worry about”.

Warriors back-rower Josh Curran found notoriety for tripping over and headfirst into a sanitiser dispenser last week, but he was making waves for all the right reasons with his best display in the NRL.

“Why it’s happening for him now, it probably shows [that] as people get a little bit older they mature, and we shouldn’t put too much expectation on them when they’re young,” Brown said. “He was probably the best player on the field by a fair margin.”

Bulldogs winger Jayden Okunbor, originally named as 18th man but a last-minute inclusion because of Corey Allan’s injury, dragged his side back to within six points at half-time.

NEW ZEALAND WARRIORS 24 (Josh Curran, Jazz Tevaga, Edward Kosi, Reece Walsh tries; Walsh 4 goals) defeated CANTERBURY-BANKSTOWN BULLDOGS 10 (Aaron Schoupp, Jayden Okunbor tries; Jake Averillo goal) at Moreton Daily Stadium. Referee: Peter Gough.

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