COACH Matthew Elliott has accused some senior players of not pulling their weight as the Warriors head into round four still searching for their first win of the season.
Elliott defiantly told journalists “you won’t quell my optimism” after Sunday’s 28-4 defeat to Cronulla but he later said some of the efforts from his charges just weren’t good enough.
“We’ve got some key players in our team who need to do more,” said Elliott.
“We’ve got a guy like Todd Lowrie and others like Simon Mannering who are getting ridiculously high numbers.
“And we’ve got other people who need to do more for us.
“What you’ve got to do is relish the opportunity under tough times to stand up and hopefully those young guys who are being exposed and those other players are learning that they’ve got to contribute more in these times.
“Take the lesson.”
Elliott said the Warriors’ plight was not helped by the fact that 13 players were currently in the rehab group. Glen Fisiahi withdrew because of the death of his sister, Jerome Ropati flew back to New Zealand on Sunday morning because his wife was about to give birth and prop Sam Rapira (hand ligament) withdrew.
And the Aucklanders lost prop Steve Rapira to a badly lacerated ear in the first half. “He basically got his ear ripped totally off,” said Elliott.
“It looks like we’ll be without him next week. It’s a surgical procedure needed, not a stitching procedure.”
Captain Mannering said the team was playing as individuals. “We’re not working collectively, as a group, very well and it’s showing on the field,” he said.
“We’re trying to do individual plays and not sticking to what we’re working on at training during the week.
“We’re going to have to get it right soon or else it’s going to be a long year.”
Elliott said his side was “not as far into the process as I’d like us to be.” “Our unity over the 80 minutes is highly questionable,” he added.
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