New Zealand Warriors coach Nathan Brown has stated he “can’t offer any excuses” after another woeful performance saw them be beaten 44-14 by Manly.
Their first half display was particularly dire as they found themselves 12-0 down after barely ten minutes on the clock. From there it got worse, as a 24-0 deficit at half time was blown out to a near half-century score against them in the second period.
“Our first half was obviously horrible – we can’t hide from that,” Brown said in his post-match press conference.
“The start of the game is very important. As a coach, you’re supposed to get your team starting well, so I’ve got to take a fair hit there,” he said.
“The coach gets you off to a good start, then you look to the players to maintain the intensity.”
However, the Warriors were beaten to the punch in every facet of the game.
At one stage, Manly posted 14 quickfire points, had 73% of the possession and completed every one of their eight sets. The Warriors, on the other hand, completed just two.
Even more scrutiny is likely to be put on Brown’s reign, after they failed to perform the basics right in a half of football which the coach deemed the worst of their season so far.
“We trained well during the week… It’s disappointing and I can’t offer any excuses,” he said.
“I’ve been coaching a long time now, so I don’t coach on fear. All we can do is keep doing the best we can.
“I’ve been around too long to start worrying about that other stuff… I’ve had a long run in these chairs and you just keep doing what you think is right.”
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Brown made the worrying concession that his side were not entering into every contest with the belief they could get the two competition points. Instead, at times, all they were looking to do was compete.
“By no means have we entered into every game this year thinking we’re going to win every one. But we’d certainly like to compete in every contest,” he said.
“We’ve had a few of late where we haven’t competed well.”
Asked if he thought the Warriors alarming recent form – which has seen them lose five games on the bounce – could be put down to homesickness, the coach was quick to deny this was the case.
“We’ve gone through more than anyone,” he said.
“But we can’t put today’s performance down to that… What we did today – we certainly can’t lump that on being away from home.”
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Brown cited a number of improved performances from some of his young stars as a reason to still be positive. However, he claimed that the task of getting them all to show up on the same day was proving to be both his and his team’s downfall.
“I’m not out of ideas,” he stated.
“We’re not getting all the players on the same page on the same day. That’s not an idea, that’s just what’s happening.”