The New Zealand Warriors have been crushed in additional methods than one of their “courageous” 30-16 defeat to the Penrith Panthers at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
A nightmare first half noticed 4 key Warriors gamers – skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Tohu Harris, Wayde Egan and Rocco Berry – all go off injured, leaving their interchange bench empty with greater than a half of the sport to go.
Egan was seen on the bench within the second half nevertheless coach Nathan Brown stated he may barely go a ball and was by no means going to return out.
“To have the ability to play with no subs for the final 50-55 minutes we misplaced three within the first quarter-hour, it was an enormous effort,” Brown stated in his post-match press convention.
“Enjoying with grit and dedication is extra helpful than being technically sound and the whole lot. For us hopefully we are able to study from it and construct our membership off the again of that.”
Tuivasa-Sheck enjoying within the halves was an enormous early loss, however Brown stated the Warriors captain’s head knock after making an attempt a sort out on Matt Burton was not a significant concern contemplating the opposite accidents.
“Roger might be the least of our concern. He is had a concussion. He is fairly good now. We’ll must see how he goes subsequent week, he’ll must undergo the protocols, however Roger’s the one which’s in the most effective form,” Brown stated.
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It was a distinct story for the remainder of the Warriors casualty ward.
“I believe Tohu Harris has completed his ACL which is a horrible harm and Wayde Egan’s shoulder is wanting like he will not be doubtless [to play] this 12 months and Rocco sadly has completed a hamstring,” Brown stated.
Regardless of the win Panthers coach Ivan Cleary was not happy together with his aspect’s “rusty” effort, however was impressed by New Zealand’s toughness after the early harm setbacks.
“I assumed they have been very courageous,” the coach stated in his post-match press convention.
“They got here up with some massive stops on their aim line.”
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The Panthers took some time to get into gear, and have been helped by the knocked about Warriors squad, however once they did, particularly within the second half, Penrith proved too slick for New Zealand.
Standouts for the Panthers have been Viliame Kikau and Charlie Staines who each scored doubles, with Kikau’s charge-down and rating within the opening two minutes simply the spotlight.
The Panthers had an harm blow of their very own too with James Fisher-Harris.
“He had about three accidents in a single occasion,” Cleary stated.
“I do not assume its too unhealthy however I am truly not too positive. I believe he acquired neck, knee and the ribs. Hopefully he is not too unhealthy.”
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