Things could be worse for Canberra Raiders captain Simon Woolford.
He might have woken up today with nothing better to do than meet his team-mates at the pub and drown their sorrows on "mad Monday".
But instead of a hangover to look forward to, he has a slightly more pleasant headache instead � working out how to stop the New Zealand Warriors' in round two of the National Rugby League (NRL) playoffs at Aussie Stadium on Saturday.
Canberra survived the first weekend of the finals' despite losing to Melbourne on Friday night when Penrith over-ran the Broncos at Penrith Stadium yesterday.
Under the complex McIntyre finals system, the Warriors will play Canberra with the winner meeting minor premiers Penrith on September 28 for a grand final berth on October 5.
Melbourne and the Bulldogs will clash in the second round's other match on Sunday, with the Roosters awaiting the victors on September 27.
Woolford admitted he was nervous when Brisbane built an early lead but was confident a Ben Ross try on the stroke of halftime changed the momentum of the match.
"Brisbane are a good side but we were pretty confident Penrith could get the job done with the breeze behind them. We finished fourth (in the regular season) so I felt we deserved a second chance."
He also cast a critical eye over the Warriors 48-22 disposal of the Bulldogs on Saturday night and admitted more anxiety � to a point.
"They're probably the form team, they've beaten a lot of the top sides but if we control the ball we're a good chance against any team.
"They're obviously playing with a lot of confidence but if you can complete your sets in the semis you're in with a good chance.
"I guess we've got to find ways of keeping the ball away from them. We'll just have to aim up."
Woolford said the team were not about to dwell on their shortcomings from the 30-18 loss to the Storm.
"We had a short turn around after a tough game (losing 23-16 to the Roosters coming into the playoffs) and that contributed to our lack of energy in the second half.
"We're not worried about what we did wrong last time, we want to get things right for this week and go in with the right plan."
The nuggety hooker did not mind casting further back to the Raiders' earlier clashes with the Warriors this year as a source of inspiration.
They won the first meeting at Wellington 18-10 in May and were on course to go back-to-back until a strong finish gave the Warriors a 26-18 success at Ericsson Stadium in June.
"They just pipped us at Auckland � we had them down by 10 or 12 at one stage.
"We've had a bit of success against them in the last couple of years so we're not going to be intimidated or lacking confidence against them."
The presence of veteran forward Ruben Wiki was another bonus, Woolford said.
"Ruben just grows another leg when he plays the Warriors � he's probably headbutting a brick wall now."
Woolford expected the Raiders' to report practically fully fit today although Jason Croker is still out with a leg injury and fellow five-eighth Michael Monaghan is doubtful with a hamstring.
Meanwhile, the Warriors' Canberra-born prop Richard Villasanti issued a reassuring warning to rugby league fans, saying the Warriors sometimes needed to temper their flamboyancy but wouldn't be changing their entertaining style.
"It's all the Polynesian flair," he said.
"We're not scared to throw the ball around but I think at some stages we have to learn to be more conservative and just play the sets of six and get to the kick.
"We give Ando (Anderson) heart attacks every week with the passes that come out but that's the way we play and we won't change it."
Against the Bulldogs, at least five speculative passes were intercepted but the Warriors still created nine tries.