AT TRAINING: Ken Maumalo, of the Warriors, passes at Mt Smart Stadium.
AT TRAINING: Ken Maumalo, of the Warriors, passes at Mt Smart Stadium. Phil Walter

New Zealand three-quarters vow to keep making big strides

RUGBY LEAGUE: Now in their fourth year on the elite stage, New Zealand backs Ken Maumalo and Solomone Kata say they're striving to get better every day.

The duo made their NRL debuts for the Warriors in 2015 and have since notched up 87 and 65 games respectively.

Potential game breakers, they're set to lace up against the Rabbitohs at Sunshine Coast Stadium in round five on Saturday.

Metre eater Maumalo, 24, is intent on making the most of his season.

"There's always room for improvement," he said.

"I'm looking to get better every day. I'm ticking along.

"It's more off-the-ball stuff, the stuff you don't see on TV, like talking and (positional) defence."

He ticked off more than 200m in their season opener against the Bulldogs and is renowned for taking the tough carries out of his own end.

He's looking forward to the clash against the Rabbitohs.

"I need to have the right mindset. It should be a good game," he said.

"They've been a good team for a number of years now and especially with Wayne Bennett now as head coach they will be a tough side to beat.

"We've got to do everything right to put in a good performance."

Centre Kata, also 24, is also keen to keep his career on an upward curve.

"I'm focused on my game and on my training and how I can improve," he said.

"I'm working on it. There's plenty to work on, in my game."

He's been shifted to the right edge predominantly this season.

"The main thing for me to work on is my connection between my half and my winger. If I can get that connection right, we'll be sweet."

Kata scored a brace against the Bulldogs in round one.

"I'm pretty happy with how I've gone in the first four rounds but there's more to learn and I can improve," he said. "I'm really looking forward to the match against the Rabbitohs. I can't wait to get out there and get the job done."

The Warriors won their first match of the season against the Bulldogs, before suffering consecutive losses and then beating the Titans.



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