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Warriors freeze under Panthers onslaught

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 14/05/2017
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Warriors makes a break during the round four NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Newcastle Knights at Mt Smart Stadium. © Hannah Peters/GETTY IMAGES Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Warriors makes a break during the round four NRL match between the New Zealand Warriors and the Newcastle Knights at Mt Smart Stadium.

The on-field talk was all there in the Warriors' second-half collapse against Penrith, according to skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck.

It's just the action that was missing.

The Warriors squandered a 22-point half-time lead in western Sydney to lose 36-28 on Saturday, in what was the worst capitulation in the club's NRL history.

Cruising through tries to Kieran Foran, Ryan Hoffman, David Fusitu'a and a double to Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, a Warriors win appeared a mere formality at the break.

But four tries in 12 minutes turned the match on its head, before Tyrone Peachey put the nail in the Aucklanders' coffin late on.

Tuivasa-Sheck, who was ordinary at fullback and missed five of his seven attempted tackles, appeared aghast post-match.

As the new captain of the side, he did all he could to settle nerves among the jittery playing group and restore confidence - all to no avail.

"It was tough mentally, trying to get the boys back into it, trying to forget about the quick tries and get back into what we're doing," the 23-year-old said.

"But (it was the) the same thing.

"It's frustrating because we're all out there saying the right things - we just couldn't deliver on the actions."

On the injury front, centre Solomone Kata will undergo further tests in Auckland this week after experiencing a tight calf.

The Warriors, who slip to 12th with four wins from 10 matches after the defeat, will next play the Dragons in Hamilton on Friday.

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