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    Blake Green brushes off Denver concerns for Warriors [​IMG]


    Last updated 12:32, June 13 2018


    Blake Green is focused on getting past the Cowboys on Friday.

    Senior playmaker Blake Green is confident the disruption caused by the controversial Denver test will not derail the Warriors' season.

    While Simon Mannering announced his retirement from test football on Tuesday and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is in doubt with an ankle injury, the Warriors still face the prospect of having several key players called up to the Kiwis when the squad is revealed on Sunday.

    Warriors coach Stephen Kearney has already indicated that those involved in the clash against England in the United States on June 24 (NZ time) will not be considered for the club's following match against the Sharks five days later.

    That means the Auckland outfit could be without the likes of Shaun Johnson, Tohu Harris, Issac Luke and Adam Blair as they look to snap a two-game losing streak at home. And the impact on the players of making a 24,000km round-trip for a test match at high altitude in the middle of an NRL campaign could potentially be even longer.

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    But Green was quick to point out that the Warriors have had plenty of practice in recent weeks playing with an under-strength side and believes they have the depth to cope.

    "Roger and Shaun have missed a few games so I guess we're used to having some key individuals out," Green said.

    "We don't know who that is at the moment so it just depends on who gets picked. It's a challenge for us, we've put ourselves in a position where lots of people in our squad have experienced first-grade footy so someone is just going to have to step up and play their role for the team."

    Already one of the team's most influential players and their chief organiser in attack, Green may have to take on even more responsibility should such a scenario arise.

    But he says his role remains the same regardless of who is in the side.

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    "I don't have any more added responsibility if some key players are out," Green added.

    "We've seen in the past Mason Lino has done a good job when he's had to fill in. Peta (Hiku) has done a great job at fullback when he's filled in for Roger, so we've certainly got plenty of people who are capable of doing a good job for us."

    Before they look that far ahead, Green was more worried about getting past the Cowboys in Townsville on Friday night.

    North Queensland have been the big under-achievers of 2018. Struggling in 14th place, their 4-8 record belies their star-studded roster but the match still shapes as a tough challenge for the Warriors.

    They have won just once in their last 12 trips to Townsville and will be up against a desperate Cowboys side, who have already entered must-win territory if they want to reach the finals.

    But as the Warriors look to find some much-needed consistency following last week's big win over Manly, Green said they can't afford to get caught up with the opposition.

    "We just need to focus on ourselves," he said. "We've just got to try and keep it narrow, worry about what we're good at and get some of the basics right each week.

    "If we do that hopefully we can build some consistency with our performances and our results."

    - Stuff

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