AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - MARCH 17: Blake Green of the Warriors looks on during the round two NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Gold Coast Titans at Mt Smart Stadium on March 17, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Hannah Peters/Getty Images)

Wooden spoon contenders to now staring down the barrel of a finals appearance for the first time in over six years.

It’s only a month into the season, but the Vodafone Warriors are already setting the benchmark for the competition.

Undefeated, the batch of Kiwis are almost a new team in contrast to previous years.

Whilst on-field results are convincing, the culture that Stephen Kearny has created is even more impressive.

For the first time in what feels like years, each player in the team knew their role, and they executed it brilliantly. Scrambled defence, and blistering attack, they might have the full package to go all the way this season.

Against the premiership heavyweights in the Sydney Roosters, and without the mastermind of Shaun Johnson, the Warriors thumped the inform chooks 30-6.

Utility Mason Lino would give Kearny a healthy selection headache, after setting up several four-pointers and converting every conversion.

They have sent a hell of a warning sign to the rest of the fifteen teams, and hope to be consistent with their form into the origin period.

Coach Stephen Kearney centers the success on recruit Blake Green, claiming his ‘calmness’ has set the platform for the team.

“He’s got a real calming influence, he’s made a wonderful contribution to our footy club and he’ll continue to do so, he’s a footballer and a real pride about he goes about his business” Kearny said in the post-match press conference.

If the Warriors can continue their form, well then perhaps you can’t rule out the glorious possibility of a Grand Final date on the first Sunday of October.

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