Coach Andrew McFadden is confident the Warriors will overcome the distraction of centre Konrad Hurrell’s leaked private video as they build up to their clash with Canberra.
The NRL Integrity Unit is investigating the video, which reportedly depicts 22-year-old Hurrell engaged in a sex act while driving.
Shortland Street actress Teuila Blakely, 39, has confirmed she is the woman in the short clip, which surfaced briefly on the internet on Sunday before being taken down.
Hurrell trained with the Warriors on Tuesday as they prepare to host Canberra at Eden Park on Saturday.
“We’ve dealt with a lot of distractions over the last few months,” said McFadden, who took over as coach after the departure of Matthew Elliott five weeks into the new season.
“We’ll get through it. It’s an internal matter at the moment. There’s an ongoing investigation and we’ll just leave it in the hands of the NRL and senior management.”
McFadden said he couldn’t speak for Hurrell on how the Tonga international was dealing with the issue, but he had trained well during the session.
“It’s probably embarrassing for Konrad, but we all make mistakes and he’s made one and he will have to live with the consequences of that,” he said.
“In terms of having any impact on the rest of the team, I don’t think that should happen.”
Teammate Ben Henry, who described Hurrell as a good friend, said the incident served as a reminder to players about their actions.
“There are certain traps and I think Koni has learnt from that,” he said.
As for how Hurrell had coped with the fallout, Henry said: “Koni is Koni – he cracks jokes and he laughs.
“He deals with things well and I’m sure he’s focused on this week as well.”
Blakely said the clip was taken two months ago and Hurrell sent it to a friend on Snapchat, an app that allows users to send photos and videos which are then automatically deleted after a short period of time.
She told the New Zealand Herald said she did not know who uploaded it on to the internet.