Defence remains an issue of concern for the winless Warriors after conceding more than 30 points in each of the first two rounds of the NRL.

The Warriors put a priority on their defence before the start of the NRL season.

It remains a key issue after they’ve had their line breached 12 times and leaked 67 points in successive losses over the first two rounds.

Five of the tries were conceded in a 31-12 defeat to bogey opponents St George Illawarra in Auckland on Saturday.

Four of them came in the second half, during which the Dragons piled on 25 unanswered points to take their winning streak against the Warriors to nine games going back to 2008.

The contest turned in the three minutes after halftime, when the visitors scored two tries to jump from 6-12 down to 18-12 ahead.

Warriors prop Ben Matulino says he felt confident at that stage that the home side had the cutting edge to stay in contention.

But the problem was when they didn’t have the ball, they allowed the Dragons to roll up the field.

“For us, our main focus is defence,” he said.

“It’s been pretty shocking for us and we need to fix that first before we start worrying about our attack.”

Matulino began the match with a bang, his charging runs and offloading a feature of a strong start by the home side, who claimed an early lead.

He finished having carried the ball 135 metres and produced four offloads, both game-high statistics for a forward.

But it wasn’t a performance he was happy with.

“For myself, I was pretty slack with my defence,” he said.

“I don’t think I won one tackle, so I was pretty disappointed with myself.”

The result meant the Warriors are still searching for their first win at Eden Park after four attempts, a streak they get two more chances to snap in 2014.

Their immediate attention turns to the North Queensland Cowboys next Saturday night.

They’ll head to Townsville with coach Matthew Elliott having questioned his players’ will to compete and saying the large amount of belief he had in them was being tested.

Skipper Simon Mannering, for his part, expressed disappointment at the lack of fight he saw in the second half against the Dragons.

Matulino believes a week is enough time to find some steel from within.

“We’ve turned it around before,” he said.

“It’s an attitude thing and it’s something I need to fix as well.”