Stuttering attack no drama for Warriors
In the space of three weeks the Warriors' attack has gone from stellar to stale, but if the coach and players are worried they certainly aren't showing it.
It was only back in Round 19 that the Warriors boasted the best attacking record in the competition, with more tries scored than any other team.
Fast forward to present day and statistics show that over the last three weeks the Kiwi side have racked up the second-fewest combined points in the competition.
Averaging just 8.6 points per game in their past three games, only Parramatta (7.3 per game) average fewer over the same period.
But coach Andrew McFadden this week shut down claims his side's attack had become predicatable and easy to contain.
"Three weeks ago it wasn't predicatable and we were playing a real good brand of football," McFadden said.
"We have lost some key personnel in our team who give us that strike, and we haven't been able to consolidate on combinations.
"That's where you get that ad-lib flow and you build that timing with your plays, when you get that consistent team.
"I am sort of a little understanding in [terms of] how disjointed we were on the weekend, but hopefully with another week together and predominantly the same team we can certainly fix a few of those things up."
Despite scoring only 14 points against the Sharks last Saturday, life without Shaun Johnson wasn't half as disastrous as many had predicted, with fullback Sam Tomkins saying Chad Townsend and Tuimoala Lolohea had stepped up well to fill the void in the halves.
"It wasn't as bad as people thought, everyone thought with Shaun out we would be rubbish with the ball in hand, but that's not the case," Tomkins told NRL.com.
"We have got Chad who can really control the team, me and him can attack well and Tui has got the job of getting the ball in his hands as much as he can and running.
"I think it went alright, we built a lot of pressure in the first half and kept control of the ball.
"We missed a bit of Shaun's X-factor at times, but that's not what lost us the game, what lost us the game was missing tackles and Shaun is not someone who cleans up many tackles for us.
"Just a few options probably taken badly, but the thing was we held onto the ball and built that pressure.
"I don't personally read too much into stats like that (the poor recent attacking record). You get a feel for the game and last week we built some pressure with our attack and came up with some bad options.
"I don't know how many points we have let in over the last three weeks, but I think that's a more worrying stat than the attack would be."
Meanwhile both the Warriors and Dragons can expect difficult handling conditions at Wellington's Westpac Stadium, with rain expected through the game which kicks off at 5pm NZT.