Coach Brown says Warriors travelling well

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Nathan Brown feels there is plenty to like about the Warriors' start to the NRL season, but also plenty to improve upon.

The Warriors have opened with two wins from three rounds, toppling highly touted teams Gold Coast, in round one, and Canberra with a come-from-behind victory last week.

Their only loss has been a four-point defeat at the hands of Newcastle.

They have shown enough in those matches to suggest they are top-eight material, with a clash with the high-flying Sydney Roosters on Sunday at the SCG the next challenge.

Coming into the coaching job this season, Brown was not sure how the displaced Warriors outfit would fare.

"We play the Roosters who are a top-four club, we played Canberra, who are a top-four club, the Knights who were a top-eight club last year, and the Gold Coast who are predicted by a lot to be in the eight, so we knew we had a tough start to the year," Brown said.

"The teams we've beaten are on four points as well and have only lost one game so it certainly suggests we're going OK at the moment.

"I wasn't really sure where we'd be, but thought that whatever we did in the first month of footy, if we can keep people fit, our football would grow and get better over time."

The Warriors allowed the Raiders to get out to a 25-6 halftime lead before roaring back to win 34-31, and Brown warned against his team lapsing against the Roosters despite the Sydney side coming off a loss and missing key players including halfback Luke Keary.

"It's not easy to come back from that deficit, let alone against a top-four side," Brown said.

"Another big lesson is that if you take your eye off the ball, particularly against the good sides, they can really punish you quickly.

"You look at our game last week, and in parts in our loss to the Knights, you also see things that we need to continue to improve to get to where we need to get to."

Warriors gun winger Ken Maumalo revealed he has been carrying a sternum injury, which required him to wear protection and had affected his form but was slowly improving.

He rated the Raiders win as one of their finest performances and said it had boosted self-belief among the players.

"That's probably the best comeback game I've been in since I've been here and especially since it was against Canberra who are a really strong side," Maumalo said.