WHAT THEY SAID: ROUND 20 REACTION

All the reaction from the fans, media and the Warriors themselves after an infuriating 36-12 loss to the Titans on Sunday.

What the Warriors said

‘Mooks’ didn’t hold back after a diabolical second-half collapse, labelling his charges ‘soft’.

“I don’t like using the word, but thought it was pretty soft in the second half,” coach Stephen Kearney said.

“That’s the disappointing aspect. There was a fair bit on the line today and to produce a second half of that standard makes it very disappointing.

“I’m scratching my head trying to figure that out [the second half fade-out]. I was very disappointed with our second half today and I thought there were signs of it in the first half.

“I just saw moments of softness – whether on the kick chase, whether it was trying to build some ruck speed and support each other. There were moments in the first half and we did enough to navigate around it and it must be said we came up against a very committed footy team today who put us to the sword.”

Gleaning a positive – albeit in another dig at the rest of the team – Kearney pinpointed his two youngest players as the clear standouts.

“I thought our two most committed players today were a 19-year-old back-rower [Vuna] and the other turned 20 last week [Papali’i] and they were our starting back-rowers. I think that said something about our performance when we had two young fellas leading the way for us.

“We have to stare that in the face. We have a big challenge ahead of us next week against the Dragons.”

What the fans said

Anger, disbelief, sorrow, desperation – Warriors fans had the full gamut of undesirable emotions covered after their team’s second-half capitulation.

SOCIAL MEDIA TOSSER OF THE WEEK

Still sour about being kicked out of the comp in 2000, pal?

What the Kiwi media said

‘Shambolic’ and ‘capitulation’ got a deserved workout in David Skipwith’s match report for NZ Herald.

Marvin France bemoaned the lost opportunity for Stuff.

Was expecting a more dramatic response from Veitchy, tbh.

What the Aussie media said

The Warriors headed the ‘Lows’ section of Mark St John’s weekend wrap for Fox Sports. They also made in into Andrew Voss’ ‘Dislikes’ in his column for the same outlet.

NRL.com quite rightly focused on a brilliant display by the Titans.

Warren Smith clearly wasn’t concerned with consistency from the Bunker. As long as they get it right once in 20 times according to your preferences, eh Waz?

Travis Meyn took a trip down to clichésville for his ‘hot take’.

Matty Russell had a far more astute takeaway after the Sunday action:

Christian Nicolussi was just stoked the shock loss had left the door ajar for the Tigers.

 

What we said

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