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Peta Hiku is set to fill the Warriors' vacant right wing spot for the Anzac Day game against Melbourne, while halfback Blake Green is tracking well to make his return from a groin injury.

First-choice winger David Fusitu'a has been ruled out of the annual fixture with a rib injury suffered in the second half of last Saturday's 17-10 loss to the North Queensland Cowboys.

Hiku was on the right wing for Monday's field session in Auckland and is in line to play his third position in seven games this season, having started the year at left centre before playing rounds five and six at five-eighth.

The Kiwi international welcomed the move back to more familiar territory in the back five.   

"It's good to see one of our main spine boys [Green] making his way back. Until he's back in the side I'll be cheering [his recovery on]," Hiku said.

"Playing in the halves is something different … it's a bit trickier than in the outside backs.

"[The wing] is nothing new again, I've been there before, it's just something else I have to get used to and get my head around.

"I'm talking to Ken [Maumalo] all the time … you sort of know what to do as a winger."

Green was close to taking the field against the Cowboys and on Monday appeared unhindered as he took part in running and kicking drills away from the main squad.

Maumalo finishes a left edge shift for Warriors

Coach Stephen Kearney indicated the experienced playmaker's return was imminent.

"We will give him every opportunity to be right. He worked pretty hard last week and got himself pretty close," Kearney said.

"I anticipate if it's not this week then definitely next week."

Despite suffering back-to-back losses in the last fortnight, Kearney said there were positive signs for his side if they can improve their execution on the ball.

The Warriors completed less than 70% of their sets in both of those losses, making a combined 23 errors, and came up with only 10 points against North Queensland despite making five line breaks. 

"We've got ourselves in positions in those two matches where we were capable of going on and getting the result, but we just haven't managed it quite well enough," Kearney said.

"I thought our defence for the most part the other night was pretty good … for the most part the boys have been doing a really good job, but we are just lacking probably a little polish in attack."

Hooker Nathaniel Roache said the key to fixing those problems started with the players putting more trust in rookie half Chanel Harris-Tavita.

"A few times in that [Cowboys] game, especially in the second half when I was on, we got a bit frantic and it was like we were chasing points," Roache said.

"We rushed things instead of sticking to the game plan, so this week we will try and slow it down, trust our halves, trust young Chanel that he knows what he's doing."

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