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Whether captain or not, Hoffman a leader

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 16/03/2017 Angelo Risso

Warriors captain or otherwise, Ryan Hoffman insists his role hasn't changed one iota in the 2017 NRL season.

The 33-year-old Australian will take over the captaincy from Roger Tuivasa-Sheck for the Warriors' clash with the Bulldogs on Friday in Dunedin.

Having been appointed skipper by Andrew McFadden at the start of 2016, Hoffman was demoted from the role under new boss Stephen Kearney.

He was also informed his contract, which concludes at the end of the season, would not be renewed after the acquisition of Kiwi Tohu Harris.

But with the concussed Tuivasa-Sheck ruled out for the side's trip south, Hoffman has been reinstated as skipper for the round-three tussle.

The ex-NSW Origin representative told reporters he placed the same pressure on himself to perform every week, regardless of the captaincy.

As a part of the squad's 10-man leadership group, he always tried to make his voice heard.

"It's a different role for me in terms of not having the captaincy but it's not changing anything I do on the field," Hoffman said.

"I haven't noticed too much of a change."

Hoffman said the Warriors, who defeated Newcastle in round one but fell to a 26-10 loss to Melbourne last week, needed more consistency to challenge in 2017.

He felt the side had defended well in the first-half Auckland downpour against Melbourne but lost their way in the second stanza and were duly punished.

A full 80-minute performance was required against the winless Bulldogs.

"It's another big challenge against another big pack this week, so it's a good chance for us to focus on our defence in the middle," Hoffman said.

"They're a Des Hasler-coached team, you know they're going to compete."

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