Warriors halves just getting started: captain

HALFBACK: Warriors ball-player Shaun Johnson.
HALFBACK: Warriors ball-player Shaun Johnson. Patrick Woods
PIVOT: Warriors' recruit Blake Green.
PIVOT: Warriors' recruit Blake Green. Patrick Woods

RUGBY LEAGUE: New Zealand captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck believes the presence of Blake Green allows Shaun Johnson to play with more freedom - and that's a dangerous prospect for opposing sides.

The new halves combination showed plenty of promise in their first outing together, a 20-14 victory over the Gold Coast in a pre-season clash on the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

They linked in three of four tries, with Johnson taking on the line on several occasions.

"I enjoyed seeing them working together," Tuivasa-Sheck said.

"They played really well. I like the way Greeny takes control and gives Shaun that freedom.

"It's awesome watching Shaun just run the ball here and there."

Green, 31, joined the club in the off-season after a year at the Sea Eagles and appears to have settled in well alongside noted game-breaker Johnson, 27.

Ominously for their rivals, Tuivasa-Sheck expects the duo to significantly improve as the season goes on.

"Once Blake settles into the way we have our set-up and the structure of our game then him and Shaun will be able to work out small things so we can pull the trigger more often and get more points," he said.

He believed their partnership and their combinations with others on the field "could be a lot better".

"We're pretty lucky. We've got a good spine (but) we're just finding that click moment and linking up together is where we need to go to."

Tuivasa-Sheck was particularly pleased with his team's defence against the Titans.

"That's one of those moments where we can go back and be happy about our goal line D," he said.

"That's something positive we can take away, the way we all barred up, set for set. We weren't flustered, so we can be happy with that."

With successive trial wins against the Storm and the Titans, the Warriors will take some confidence into the season.

"Getting a win is always a good thing. It gets the boys buzzing, gets smiles on their faces at training and going into round one," he said.

Topics:  blake green gold coast titans new zealand warriors shaun johnson sunshine coast stadium

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