Warriors stalwart Simon Mannering isn't ready to make his first appearance of 2018, still battling to overcome a shoulder injury sustained in the pre-season.
Without Mannering, the Warriors were still able to win their opening match of the season, defeating the Rabbitohs 32-20 in Perth on Saturday, although the second rower will be welcomed back into action as quickly as possible, coach Stephen Kearney says.
"Simon's a week-to-week proposition," he said.
"We've just got to make sure we manage him pretty good."
"I'm doubtful he'll be ready for this week. He's a quick healer, but we've got to make sure we're doing the right thing and make sure we're looking after him also."
The Warriors talisman missed the start of the NRL season in Perth last week.
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The Warriors second rower said there are certain players the Dragons opposition should probably avoid on the pitch.
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Warriors star Alice Vailea isn't getting ahead of herself, despite her side's shock round one win, with her Warriors teammates ready for a fired up Dragons outfit in the women's NRL this Saturday.
The 22-year-old second rower had a more than solid outing in the Warriors women's 10-4 Premiership win against the Sydney Roosters.
She made an impressive four tackle busts, carried the ball for 81 metres and delivered some at times brutal defensive hits, throughout the match.
But Vailea says her side have a new challenge in preparing for a St George Illawarra side still smarting from a 30-4 hammering from the Broncos in round one.
"I think for us we enjoyed the win and I know that's one game, just trying to stay focused week by week," said Vailea.
"It's good to get the win and start the competition like that, but we have a whole new challenge ahead of us."
Alice Vailea of the Warriors celebrates victory during the round one of the women's NRL match between the Sydney Roosters and the New Zealand Warriors at ANZ Stadium.
Vailea's skipper Laura Mariu provided the game's biggest moment in delivering an absolutely bone-rattling tackle in the final minute of the match, to cause a turnover and cement the Warriors win.
"Those girls (Mariu and Nu'uausala) you just don't want to run their way, unlucky for those girls (Roosters) they kind of ran into the wrong person and defensively those girls are always going to be gunning for you," said Vailea.
She admitted she never really took rugby league seriously until realising she could play on the NRL stage.
"Never thought this would come so soon for me, I've always been one to just chill out and watch the girls do their thing.
"But this year I thought 'I wanna try and have a good go at this'.
"To be able to be amongst this team and be given the opportunity to play out there, I'm just grateful for the opportunity.
"And to be a part of it is just amazing."
Vailea said her family have been a great support throughout her rugby league career.
"Mum wanted to come over (Sydney) but couldn't come over, but to have the support of my family and know I'm making them proud makes me happy."
Warriors coach Luisa Avaiki said she was proud of her side's efforts last week, but hopes to see improvement in her club's attacking plays this weekend.
"Attacking wise we want to be able to put on more of our plays," said Avaiki.
"And move the ball around a bit more even in our forwards.
"We did do a lot of single one-ups and that but we want to be able to run up in numbers."
Sydney Roosters' Mr Fix It Mitchell Aubusson is ready to try to fill the big boots of Latrell Mitchell after the NSW State of Origin star was suspended for one game at the NRL judiciary.
Mitchell was found guilty of dangerous contact following a marathon 100-minute hearing last night, that took just as long as the Rugby League Players' Association did to review the entire season at their awards night down the road.
The Roosters centre will now miss the tri-colours' preliminary final against either St George Illawarra or South Sydney on Saturday week, before being able to return for the grand final if his team wins through.
And Roosters veteran Aubusson - who has played as a utility for the best part of his 12-year NRL career - said he was ready to step up at left centre when it mattered most.
"It's something I pride my career on, the shortest time I have had to prepare for a game is probably two hours, with Robbo (coach Trent Robinson) saying I had a position change for that game," Aubusson said.
"I'm really confident stepping in. I'll work hard. We've got two weeks to prepare for it and I'll take on a bit if I need.
"It's something that probably kept me in this team for a long time. It's something I really look forward to - the opportunity to play in different positions and to excel and hopefully do really well in that position."
Regardless, Mitchell's absence will come as a massive blow to a Roosters side already missing Queensland State of Origin prop Dylan Napa to suspension.
Mitchell has scored 16 tries, made 18 linebreaks and busted through 101 tackles to go with a breakthrough Origin series for the Blues.
"He is going to be a massive loss for us but if that's the case we have to go on with it," Aubusson said.
"It's a preliminary final so we have to aim up."
Mitchell was found guilty of dangerous contact on Josh Dugan in Saturday's elimination final win, but it was carryover points and weighting that cruelled the centre.
A cannonball tackle from the previous week meant he would be suspended for a game unless he could beat the charge, even with an early guilty plea.
However he failed to convince the judiciary panel he'd given Dugan's head enough space as he fell in the tackle, and did not speak to the media as he left the hearing.
Sydney Roosters star Latrell Mitchell in action against the Warriors.