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    Warriors look to Foran for NRL polish

    Profligate in last week's NRL loss to Canberra, the Warriors are hoping the return of Kieran Foran for Friday's match against South Sydney makes a difference.

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    Stephen Kearney
    Stephen Kearney

    Fumbling around in the dark for a solution to their NRL woes, the Warriors will lean on Canterbury-bound star Kieran Foran to add attacking polish in Friday's dead-rubber clash with South Sydney.

    Five-eighth Foran missed last weekend's 36-16 loss to Canberra - the Warriors' sixth straight defeat - with a minor lat strain.

    Deprived of both Foran and halfback Shaun Johnson, coach Stephen Kearney punted on youthful duo Mason Lino and Ata Hingano in the Warriors' halves.

    Yet, despite their energy, Lino and Hingano struggled to break the Raiders down, particularly during a period of second-half territorial dominance.

    As a result, Foran will be paired with Hingano for Friday's match in Sydney - the Warriors' fifth starting halves combination of 2017.

    "Particularly last weekend, we lacked a little bit of polish with a number of sets on the tryline and we couldn't quite nail the opportunities we had - that's why Kieran comes back into the fold," Kearney said.

    Johnson, who ruptured a posterior cruciate ligament last month against Penrith, could be back on the footy field before the end of the season.

    Kearney said his playmaker-in-chief was making good progress on his rehab, and may pull on the No.7 jumper for next week's match against Manly.

    If not, he would likely play their final game of 2017 against the Tigers.

    "He's got to get through a bit of contact and what-have-you, but he's moving pretty well. With a short week for us this week, it probably hasn't quite worked out in his favour," Kearney said of the 26-year-old.

    Foran, who struggled at times to connect with Lino during their three games in the saddle, said he was looking forward to playing with Hingano.

    He hoped their Warriors teammates could help make things happen.

    "Ata's really progressed well through the year and showed everyone last week what he's capable of. He can break a game wide open," Foran said.

    "Mason and Ata found themselves making a few line-breaks last week, breaking through, but we just need guys pushing up in support for that final pass."


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