Suckful day of sports for me, my Winnipeg Jets lose a tight game and then the Warriors follow it up by losing in the final two minutes against the Bunnies.
Despite the choke, the Warriors played valiantly considering they lost Blake Green to injury during warm ups.
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is still in sublime Dally M form but needs more playmakers up front (and not getting injured prior to kick off).
But in saying that, Chanel Harris-Tevita was very good and showed skill through-out the game. Fortunately he was helped by Peta Hiku, Tohu Harris and Gerard Beale to execute set plays.
The turning point in the match was in the 65th minute when Isaac Luke, having subbed back on to lead the team in the final 20, got knocked out by a Souths player's knee when he fell passing the ball. He. Was. Knocked. The. Fuck. Out. After that, the team just had zero direction and Souths were able to score the game winner.
The team would have been fine had there been another playmaker on the bench but Kearney had sent Karl Lawton back to Auckland to play in a NSW Cup game. In a team lacking playmakers, as well as the two veteran playmakers carrying injuries, it makes sense to keep a bench spot available for a Karl Lawton, Sam Cook, Nathaniel Roache (if healthy) or Api Pewhairangi. Kearney usually only uses three bench players in a game so it's not like we're losing anything. Rather have an average playmaker than an average big bopper on the bench.
Most of the Souths tries were scored down Kata's channel but in fairness he pulled a hammy early in the game so was limited in his movement. Will probably miss next week's match.