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'We have to put time in' - Warriors to help Konrad Hurrell change running style

The coach of the Warriors says they will work with Konrad Hurrell on his running style during his enforced break.

The blockbusting centre took an early guilty plea after being charged by the NRL judiciary after breaking Anthony Tupou's jaw when he raised his knee while tackling the Cronulla Sharks' forward during the second half of Saturday's match at Remondis Stadium.

He is now serving a three-match suspension, ruling him out of Saturday evening's battle with the Eels in Sydney.

Tupou had surgery on Sunday night which involved having four plates inserted and he underwent reconstructive surgery on his face and teeth.

Hurrell's running action has come under scrutiny by the NRL. The Warriors' player had been warned about his style on two previous occasions.

Coach Andrew McFadden says it's an area they're going to have to concentrate on.

"We're just going to have to put a bit of time in, it's obviously a habit that Koni's had, it's instinctual for him as a lot of great players of our game have had, Mel Meninga even Jonah Lomu they all run with that same style of running action."

"It's very effective but the NRL's brought attention to it now so we're going to have to work very hard to see if we can change that," said McFadden at training today.

The Warriors did think hard about defending the grade three charge, however McFadden wasn't confident of the outcome.

"We thought long and hard about it. In the context of the game at the moment and the scrutiny around head knocks and the hysteria around the actual incident we thought we were unlikely to win in that case so although we thought Koni's actual incident was accidental we thought that we wouldn't contest the charge."

Dominque Peyroux replaces Hurrell in the centres.

The Warriors will take in-form winger Manu Vatuvei with them, and say they are giving him every opportunity to recover from a sternum injury suffered during last weekend.

"Initially I thought he was no chance but he's certainly responded to treatment so we'll carry him to Sydney, run him in our captain's run to see how fit he is."

Warriors coach Andrew McFadden says they will work with Konrad Hurrell on his running style, while he's serving a three match suspension. Source: 1 NEWS


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