Reece Walsh slams Warriors after ‘self-sabotaging’ performance against Manly

Warriors fullback Reece Walsh has slammed his side’s effort against Manly, claiming they again ‘self-sabotaged’ in their 44-12 defeat.

The 19-year-old has been a rare shining light for the Warriors this year, but he couldn’t save the struggling outfit as they slumped to their fifth-straight loss.

The heavy defeat at the hands of Manly – who were missing both Tom Trbojevic and Daly Cherry-Evans – has heaped further pressure on head coach Nathan Brown, who was all out of excuses following the Round 13 clash.


Speaking to Fox League immediately following the game, Walsh spoke candidly about the Warriors ongoing struggles and urged his teammates to start looking in the mirror. 

“It’s tough…we just go out there and we sabotage ourselves,” he said.

“There’s no other way to put it. We put ourselves under pressure and, you know, we keep doing it every week.

“It’s not good enough. We keep shooting ourselves in the foot. There’s just patches where we just don’t get it right. We just make it so easy for the other team – it’s really frustrating.

“We’ve just got to go home, look ourselves in the mirror and ask ourselves ‘do we want to be here, do we want to be trying for our mates’.

“At the moment, the things we’re tossing up, we’re just not working for our mates beside us. It’s first grade, and it’s not good enough.

“We’ve got to get tighter as a group…start working harder for each other.”

New Zealand completed at just 72 per cent in the loss and conceded 10 penalties, showing a clear lack of discipline. They also missed a massive 43 tackles, with their opponents missing just 19 for the match.

With two tough clashes against Cronulla and Penrith in the next fortnight, followed by a meeting with Parramatta after their Round 17 bye, things aren’t going to get any easier for Walsh, Brown and company. 

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