Five-eighth Blake Green says the Warriors must polish up their attack to ensure they capitalise on scoring chances in Sunday's NRL clash against the Bulldogs in Sydney.

The 31-year-old playmaker was satisfied with the side's intent with the ball in last week's win over Newcastle, but admitted errors and poor finishes to sets prevented them from maintaining pressure and scoring more tries.

Green believes greater awareness and improved support play will help increase their chances of converting half-breaks into points when they take on Canterbury at ANZ Stadium.

"We're close but we've certainly got a bit more work to do," said Green.


"We had a few moments (against Newcastle) that just took the pressure off them, some of our finishes to our sets and a few little errors when we made some little half breaks, that just puts a little bit of a dent on the momentum you've got at stages.

"The main thing (for us) to get better in those areas, we've just got to keep getting people in the picture. When you make half breaks, a lot of those things are instinct and just reaction, so it's hard to actually train for some of that stuff.

"But the more people you can get in the picture, the more likely things are going to go your way, and that's a good sign of energy and enthusiasm as well."

For most of the season Green has operated as the Warriors general, guiding the team around the park and getting them into position to use the attacking talents of halfback Shaun Johnson and captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck wide of the ruck.

Recently he has looked vary his game by running the ball more, to keep the opposition guessing and prevent them from numbering up on the Warriors outside men.

It paid dividends against the Knights when he found support runners in the lead-up to the Warriors first two tries, before taking the line on himself and cutting through to score a brilliant individual four-pointer - just his second of the season so far.

"I've been running the footy the last four weeks it's just I haven't scored any tries like that," he laughed.

"It's important for me to run the footy. I've obviously got some really good threats on either side of the field when I carry the ball, in Roger and Shaun.


"So I need to make sure I keep (the defence) honest in the middle and make sure they don't slide off and I can preserve the space for them."

Sharpening their play in the run towards the playoffs is important but Green stressed the need for the Warriors to maintain a simple focus over the final three rounds.

Sitting eighth on the premiership ladder means they can't afford to get ahead of themselves and simply winning each week remains their first priority.

The 14th-ranked Bulldogs might be fighting to avoid the wooden spoon but the Warriors must turn up with the right attitude if they are to get past the Dean Pay-coached outfit.

"We're not experienced enough as a footy team yet to look at the bigger picture," he said.
"We're getting close (to the finals) but we can't take our eyes off the Dogs this week.

"The Bulldogs have been doing a terrific job over the last month. They've been playing some really consistent footy, they've been completing their sets and kicking in corners and making it difficult for teams.

"I saw them a couple of weeks ago knock off the Broncos so they're going to be a big challenge for us."

Bulldogs v Warriors at ANZ Stadium, Sunday, 4pm
Bulldogs: 1. William Hopoate 2. Brett Morris 3. Josh Morris 4. Kerrod Holland 5. Reimis Smith 6. Lachlan Lewis 7. Jeremy Marshall-King 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. David Klemmer 11. Josh Jackson 12. Rhyse Martin 13. Adam Elliot
Interchange: 15. Danny Fualalo 16. Ofahiki Ogden 17. Greg Eastwood 20. Matt Frawley 21. Renouf To'omaga 23. John Olive

Warriors: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (c) 2. David Fusitu'a 3. Gerard Beale 4. Solomone Kata 5. Ken Maumalo 6. Blake Green 7. Shaun Johnson 8. James Gavet 9. Issac Luke 10. Agnatius Paasi 11. Isaiah Papali'i 12. Adam Blair 13. Simon Mannering
Interchange: 14. Jazz Tevaga 15. Leivaha Pulu 16. Bunty Afoa 17. Peta Hiku 18. Joseph Vuna 21. Chris Satae

Referees: Jon Stone, Gavin Badger

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