Reese Walsh, a teenager from the fragmented Warriors, has offered a brutal assessment of his team’s performance, saying he and his teammates “sabotage us”.
Walsh and Warriors 4 were blown away by the Manley team at Pines Park without captain Daley Cherry-Evans, the Sea Eagles making seven attempts on the way to a 44-12 win.
The match virtually ended at half-time as Nathan Brown led the Sea Eagles to a 24-0 lead in the Shades after a disappointing first 40 minutes.
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After the team’s loss, 19-year-old Walsh has a look of frustration on his face.
“It’s hard. We just go there and sabotage ourselves, there’s no other way to do it,” he told the Fox League.
“We put ourselves under pressure and we keep doing it every week. It’s not good enough. Like I said, we keep shooting at our own feet.
“There are some patches where we can’t fix it and we make it so easy for the other team. It’s really frustrating.”
When asked how the Warriors could emerge in the coming weeks as they prepare to return to New Zealand two seasons away, Walsh did not heed his word.
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“We just have to go home and look in the mirror. Just ask ourselves, do we really want to be here, do we really want to try for our partners?” He said.
“Right now, the things we’re tossing are not working for our peers. It’s first-grade and it’s not good enough.
“We need to be stronger as a group and really just get stronger and start working harder for each other.”
Walsh’s frustration was echoed by his coach, who has been under tremendous pressure since losing seven of his team’s last eight matches.
“Our first half was obviously terrible, you can’t hide from it, you can’t make any excuses,” Brown said after the match.
“We’ve had very good training this week. It’s very important to start playing as a coach and you have to prepare your team to start and obviously, I have to hit well there. We started very well. Last week, but this week we got it wrong. We have frustrated ourselves with the purpose today, which is very frustrating.
“It’s definitely (the most frustrating 40 minutes of the season). Don’t get me wrong, Manley played well, but neither of them were Cherry (Daley Cherry-Evans) or Tommy (Tom Trobozevic), so we can. Don’t hide our frustration. . “
When seen in the hot seat, Brown, who has coached more than 450 first-grade matches across the NRL and the Super League, refused to bow to pressure.
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“I’ve been coaching for a long time now, so I don’t coach for fear,” he said.
“We’re doing our best to do what we think is right. I’ve had too much time to think about other things, to be honest. I’ve been in these chairs for a long time and you just keep doing what you think is right.”
“By no means do we want to convey that we recommend for the player to be inactive, but we do not know what to do.”
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“It’s the most frustrating thing. We can get some things wrong but we can’t get the competition wrong.”
The Browns Warriors will look to break their losing streak when they face the Cronula Sharks next weekend, while the Sea Eagles will face the West Tigers.
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