NRL 2019: Stephen Kearney critical of Warriors defence after Sea Eagles defeat

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney has serious concerns for his side, after their defeat to the Manly Sea Eagles - particularly their defence.

The Sea Eagles ran in eight tries to claim a 46-12 win - the most points the Warriors have conceded under Kearney, since he took over in 2017.

Manly headed into the match without a win, while only scoring 24 points in their first two games of the season.

Following their 34-6 loss to the Tigers last Sunday, Kearney said things would improve, but the Warriors were much worse against Manly, lacking composure on both attack and defence.

Kearney was furious with his team's defence, saying it was not up to NRL standards, as they missed 41 tackles during the match.

"I'm very disappointed," said Kearney. "Given the situation on the back of last week and obviously the circumstances of the game, I was very disappointed with the effort.

"There is a lack of resilience at the moment, which is an area of concern for us.

"To have 46 points tonight, 34 last week - that's not good enough in the NRL. It's not acceptable."

The Warriors opened the game scoring a try in their first set through Isaiah Papali'i, but things quickly went downhill.

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.
Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck. Photo credit: Photosport

They trailed 24-12 at the break and then spent the first 10 minutes of the second half attacking the Sea Eagles line, but couldn't get a try to regain momentum.

Captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was the only player offering anything on attack and he tried his best to run rings around the Sea Eagles, but got no help from the rest of the Warriors 17, who were all below par.

"The lads' confidence will have taken a bit of a whack after the last couple of weeks and today hasn't helped," Kearney added.

"That's my responsibility and the other coaches to remind them that they are a good footy team.

"It's getting to what we know works for us and I thought we went away from that today. I thought the Manly side did a pretty good job of putting us off that too."

Despite back-to-back poor games, Kearney resisted saying there would be changes for their next match against the Gold Coast Titans in Auckland.

Kearney is unsure if hookers Issac Luke and Nathaniel Roache will be available for the match due to hamstring and calf injuries respectively. If both are out, Karl Lawton will likely come into the side to face his former team.


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