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If the resounding result at Suncorp Stadium wasn’t enough, this was really something to make Warriors fans’ chests swell with pride.

Following their 26-6 demolition of Brisbane, the Warriors invited retiring Broncos forward Sam Thaiday into their team huddle to pay a heartfelt tribute to one of the great careers of the NRL era.

“We did the same thing with ‘JT’ (Johnathan Thurston) a couple of weeks ago,” Green said on NRL360.

“We just think it’s important that the people that have been a big part of the game, have achieved everything in the game, it’s important for our group to show respect to them.

“I guess it’s something that’s a part of our culture now, something that we want to be remembered for as a playing group.

“We just told Sammy that – obviously he’s already pretty proud of what he’s achieved in the game – and this may be the be the last time we share the field with you and all the best in the future.”

Meanwhile, Green expressed his confidence that the club is ready to put a patchy middle section of the season behind it and finished the regular season with a wet sail.

“It took a lot of energy out of us, the start (of the season) – we put a big emphasis on how important the first six weeks of the season was for us. It was important for our fans and our club to get off to a good start.

“I guess when you play at the high level of energy style of footy it can take it’s toll on you.

“So I sort of felt that there was going to be a dip at some stage. (We) just wanted to make sure the dip wasn’t too far towards the end of the year, so hopefully we’ve had a little bit of a dip and we can start to pick up some quality footy again and really test some teams.”

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