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Five things we learnt from yesterday's game.

1.Terry Campese has to work on his kicking game if he wants to play Origin.

It's an area of his game that may be the reason he is overlooked by NSW coach Ricky Stuart. Jamie Soward, Todd Carney and Jarrod Mullen all have strong kicking games, but Campese isn't as consistent with the boot. His first three kicks of yesterday's match either went out on the full or dead. His next kick led to a try but he needs to work on his consistency. You can't afford to stray at Origin level.

2. Shaun Berrigan clearly had a point to prove against his former club.

Unwanted by the Warriors last season, Berrigan has found a home in the centres at the Canberra Raiders. He terrorised his former club down the Raiders' right edge. A lovely cut-out pass to Blake Ferguson set up the first try, then he did well to attract two defenders and offload to Ferguson, who scored the Raiders' third try.

3.Brian McClennan has to find room for Glen Fisiiahi when Kevin Locke returns.

Kevin Locke deserves to walk right back into the Warriors team when he makes his return from a leg injury, most likely against the Rabbitohs at Mt Smart Stadium next week, but Fisiiahi can't be overlooked. He's a genuine try-scorer and threatens the defence every time he touches the ball. If McClennan can't find a spot for him in the back line, he could well be the spark the Warriors need coming off the bench late in each half.


4. Reece Robinson is a better fullback than a winger.

He will return to the wing when Josh Dugan returns from shoulder injury in a month, but Reece Robinson has been a real find at the back for the Raiders. While Dugan is invaluable to Canberra, Robinson has stepped up in his absence, scoring a double and setting up a try in the win over the Warriors.

5. If the Warriors fire at the start of each half, they will hit their straps.

The Warriors are renowned for being able to play catch-up footy but at the moment they are being forced to do it too often. They've trailed in every game this year and have been extremely slow out of the blocks at the start of each half, but in particular the first 15 minutes of the game. They paid the price for another dismal opening yesterday.

Michael Chammas