Warriors Thrashed Again

Publish Date
Sunday, 22 May 2016, 9:04AM
NZ Herald

NZ Herald

It's a long, long way back from here.

While the result hurts - a 38-12 loss to the Raiders on home turf is costly - it's the performance that will add to concerns at Warriors HQ.

There simply wasn't much to like at all tonight. Canberra had the match under control after the first 20 minutes and never looked like relinquishing their grip.

The Raiders aren't a bad team but they are hardly world beaters, having lost five of their last seven games before today. But their defence looked almost impregnable last night and they tore holes in the Warriors' line at will.

For the Warriors, there is a long list of what was wrong, but it starts with first grade-level intensity. Even if you don't have the skill and personnel, that should be a minimum standard.

The Warriors conceded six soft tries, regularly missing first-up tackles. They struggled on the outside and left channels on the inside. Their attack was probably always going to be toothless without the likes of Manu Vatuvei and Solomone Kata but their passing and direction offensively was simply awful.

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