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Nikorima spills the beans on Broncos tactics

As far as ways to gain an advantage over your opposition go, it's hard to beat one of your players reciting their entire playbook to the weekly coaches meeting.

But that's exactly what new Warriors recruit Kodi Nikorima did this week leading into Saturday night's clash against his former club, Brisbane, a side he was steering around the park less than a month ago before securing an early release to head to Auckland.

Warriors assistant Todd Payten said Nikorima's insight was valuable in the build-up to the Indigenous Round fixture, as they hunt a third straight Telstra Premiership victory.

"Stace [assistant coach Stacey Jones] and I sat down with [Kodi] and just picked his brains about, from an attacking point of view, where he sees their weaknesses I guess, and historically plays that they have struggled against in the past," Payten said.  

"Certain parts of the field to shift from, just little details like that.

"He's certainly expressed what he thinks will work against them, what they've struggled against in the past, so we're hoping to use that kind of knowledge to our advantage.

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"It's been really helpful. Some of it aligned with what Stacey and I had seen, and there was a couple of other pointers which have been really helpful as well."

In his two games for the Warriors, Nikorima has made an immediate impact, last week scoring a try and breaking the line twice in a 30-10 victory over Penrith.

Payten said he expects the Kiwi international's involvement to continue to increase, particularly when it comes to general-play kicking.

Nikorima has kicked just twice in the past fortnight and registered 80 touches compared to halfback Blake Green's 109.

"With Kodi it's just finding the balance, obviously he is still finding his feet and feeling comfortable overcalling 'Greeny'," Payten said.

"I've noticed at training in probably the last 10 days he's certainly got a stronger voice and he's feeling more comfortable getting the ball in his hands when he wants it.

"So it'll naturally evolve and I reckon the kicking duties will be probably split a bit more evenly moving forward.

"We'd like him to kick, the more kicking options we have the more points of attack we have and the better for our side."

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Green has been coach Stephen Kearney's chief playmaker all year and said he didn't see that changing, no matter how comfortable Nikorima became in his role.

"I don't think so, it's not his go really, he's a bit of a freestyler, Kodi," Green said.

"I think that's probably one of the reasons why he decided to come to our footy club, he knew he didn't have to worry about getting to certain parts of the field and steering people around, worrying about what tackle it is.

"He can just go out there and play footy and we will get him the ball in the right part of the field at the right time and he can just do his thing.

"We don't tend to compete or anything for the ball, it's been quite easy to be honest.

"We don't have any dramas at the moment, we haven't got any egos in our team or anything like that, so it's quite easy for things to flow along nicely."

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