Warriors v Wests Tigers: Three things we learned

New Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck struggled to get into the first half against Wests Tigers. Photo/Getty.
New Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck struggled to get into the first half against Wests Tigers. Photo/Getty.

1. Shocking first half defensive effort

The Warriors first-half defence was diabolical with poor communication and misreads allowing Tigers playmaker Mitchell Moses to create tries for Curtis Sironen and an unmarked David Nofoaluma, while a late Chris Lawrence offload allowed Kyle Lovett to dive over.

The Warriors hesitancy was again evident when Moses and fullback James Tedesco combined before Kevin Naiqama's infield grubber found the No1 backing up to score his first try.

New Warriors fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was also found wanting when Tim Simona scorched away for the home side's fifth four-pointer, as the Warriors racked up 28 missed first half tackles to head to the sheds down 28-4.

2. Disjointed attacking play

The Warriors new-look spine failed to click with hooker Issac Luke and Tuivasa-Sheck still finding their rhythm alongside halves Jeff Robson and Shaun Johnson.

Luke in particular had a sluggish game, showing little energy or creativity behind a battling forward pack and having few chances to test the defence from dummyhalf.

What rare first-half opportunities they had in Tigers territory came unstuck with passes before the line allowing defenders to drift, and their attempts at sweeping set-plays coming back across the grain lacked precision and timing.

A lack of direction and urgency saw them unsure of what to do from tap penalties and the delays were often followed up by predictable one-out running which played right into the Tigers' hands.

3. Unforced errors and ill-discipline

The Warriors were their own worst enemies at vital stages of the match with poor ball security, penalties and a lack of attention to detail thwarting their comeback hopes.

Blake Ayshford was the only member of the backline not to commit an error, while glaring mistakes from Manu Vatuvei, Solomone Kata, Robson, Johnson and Tui Lolohea either came inside their own half or ruined promising attacking raids.

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