Warriors aim to curb their enthusiasm
The Warriors have adopted a 'boring is beautiful' approach to Saturday's clash with the Bulldogs in Wellington, as they hunt their third win of 2016.
After committing 10 errors – several of which came as they were building deep inside attacking territory – in a 34-18 loss to the Sea Eagles last week, the New Zealand side admit they were guilty of impatience with the ball.
Former captain Simon Mannering said those errors came as a result of an urge to play expansive footy at the wrong times.
"We definitely got frustrated last week and, same old, coughed up far too much ball at crucial times and they [Manly] made us pay. We overplayed it and it proved costly," Mannering said.
"We want to play football and that's our strength, but some of the stuff we were doing was pretty forced.
"Offloads are our strength, but not when we are trying to push it out and throw it before we have even thought about running through the line.
"That's probably a good lesson for us, that we need to have a good balance between playing football and doing those basics well.
"It has got to come from some of our key guys, and you have got to implement it at training.
"We have got to make sure that becomes a habit of ours and that if the pass isn’t on or the offload isn’t on, don't try and create something that's not there."
Canterbury-Bankstown shape as a big test for the Warriors' attack, given they possess one of the NRL Telstra Premiership's best defensive records, averaging only 14.6 points conceded per game this year.
The Des Hasler-coached side head to Wellington off the back of a gritty 18-12 win over Melbourne on Monday night, and Warriors utility Thomas Leuluai acknowledged that his team would have to rein in their style if they were to foot it with the Dogs.
"When you are attacking against a good defensive team like them the key is just being patient, because they are not going to give you many opportunities, but when you get them you have to take them," 30-year-old Leuluai told NRL.com.
"I'm always confident we can score points, it's stopping them that's our problem.
"But last week I think it was pretty obvious we chucked offloads and didn't build pressure, and if you don't build pressure you can't win, and that will never change.
"We knew it ourselves, but when you are in the moment you sometimes make some decisions which aren’t measured."
Despite heading into Round 7 in 13th position on the ladder, the Warriors have been strong in attack so far this year, averaging 23.3 points scored per game to sit second in that category.
The Kiwi side also hold the joint competition lead in terms of line breaks made with 28.