While their strong opening round performance dominated the headlines, much of the talk following the Warriors’ victory over the Rabbitohs focussed on their unique post-try huddle.
The huddle, and the unified breathing routine which took place inside it, was caught on television cameras on a number of occasions in Round 1, prompting reaction from the commentary team during the 32-20 win in Perth.
This week Warriors winger David Fusitua confirmed it’s a trick which was recommended to them by All Blacks captain Kieran Read, during his visit to the team’s training camp in the pre-season.
“He came in and gave us a few tips on focussing in after something has happened, and just focussing on our next job,” Fusitua said.
“It just calms you down I guess and gets everyone on the same page, breathing at the same time and connected; it’s good.”
Am looooving the Warriors deep breathing after points! pic.twitter.com/HIzBhkZL20
— Mark Geyer (@markMGgeyer) March 10, 2018
Prop Sam Lisone told kiwileaguecentral.com that the ritual had become second nature now, and pointed to past examples where he and his teammates have struggled to focus after plays which garnered a particularly emotional response.
“I think it’s just become part of us, you don’t really notice, after we score we come in, re-group, then next job,” Lisone said.
“Yeah I think so [it’s been a problem in the past], so I think that breathing is good, it sort of brings us back and then our leaders will give us our directions from there.”
The Warriors face the Gold Coast Titans at Mount Smart Stadium on Saturday, in their first home match of 2018.