The Warriors led 12-0 before losing 24-18 to Newcastle Knights at Redcliffe. Photo / Photo port
When it comes to honest reviews of the Warriors’ loss to Newcastle Knights, look no further than Jazz Tevaga’s scathing account of where it all went so wrong.
The Warriors got off to a phenomenal start at Redcliffe, scoring twice early to see their score match the clock for 10 minutes. But after leading comfortably for 20 minutes, unforced errors crept in, the Warriors faded and the Knights were reintroduced into the game.
The Warriors were up four tries to one after 20 minutes, and speaking to Sky Sport after the game, Tevaga offered his thoughts on where things went wrong.
“F***. Excuse my language, but the first half, the first 20 minutes, we had them. Our game cycle was working well for us, we were finishing sets, we were finishing their ends so, that was the story of our season really, the focus, the mistakes, and it gets worse, and then the next thing we’re on our line under the posts.
“It’s just concentration. I don’t blame anyone, but we have to defend our areas. Two of our halves kicked the ball deep, [Reece Walsh] kicked the ball hard, we had [Jack] Murchie drops the ball – it’s just errors in concentration. We can take the ones where we play football and have fun with them, but those just aren’t good enough.”
When Sky presenter Goran Paladin asked about the opportunity to play in the Indigenous round and the importance of the special jersey the team wore, Tevaga noted that it was special to be able to celebrate the different cultures within the team, before bringing attention back. to the current case.
“It’s a special shirt we have, but we have more shirts than trophies.”
Heading into the game, the Warriors center forwards had been the focus of much attention, with starting props Addin Fonua-Blake (foot injury) and Matt Lodge (released) unavailable. Tevaga, usually a lock or hooker, was drafted into a starting prop role alongside recent injured returnee Ben Murdoch-Masila and both fulfilled the requirements for the role.
But despite all the good work that was done, there was always one simple mistake that undid everything; whether it’s a bad handling error or a bad defensive read inviting pressure or allowing Newcastle to score points.
“We have to learn how to react after mistakes,” Tevaga told Sky Sport. “We’ve talked about it for the past few weeks – we have to respond to mistakes, we have to defend them, but tonight we just weren’t good enough.”