Players were left embarrassed after the injury-ravaged Wests Tigers conceded 40 second half points against the Roosters. Credit: Grant Trouville. Copyright: NRL Photos
He was celebrating his 150th game milestone, but Wests Tigers centre Chris Lawrence closed out his night by describing his side's 48-4 surrender against the Roosters as "embarrassing".
The Tigers were still a hope of causing an upset when they entered the half-time break down 8-0, but had no answer for a clinical Roosters attack that poured on the points in the second half.
"Pretty tough, pretty disappointing, pretty embarrassing," a miserable Lawrence said post-game.
"I thought first half, we hung in there well. Still made too many mistakes, but I thought we defended our try-line pretty well in the first half.
"Second half we just clocked off. You play top eight teams in good position, they're going to throw good shape at you two or three times in a set.
"We'd account for once and clock off, and not account for the rest of the times. You can't do that. A semi-final type side will throw it at you. It just shows where we're at right now."
Already without a plethora of first-choice players, coach Mick Potter was forced into a staggering 10 changes to the side named last Tuesday, including the disciplining of interchange prop James Gavet for breaking team protocol.
NSW Cup winger Jy Hitchcox was handed his NRL debut and was singled out by Potter after the match as one of the lone bright spots of the night.
"I really thank Jy Hitchcox for making his debut tonight; he got called up in the last minute. I thought he played pretty well," he said.
"If there's a little bright side to the night, I thought he did a good job considering he barely had any training to do anything. He applied himself as well as he possibly could.
"Those other changes that we've got, it's just [that] we're in dire straits with injuries. We played with what we've got. I'm proud of the players for how they apply themselves, but we've got a lot of work to do."
Potter denied the tumultuous events of the past fortnight surrounding captain Robbie Farah were beginning to take its toll on the club.
"It's just where we're at with injuries. We lacked personnel. We've got guys that are playing now that are playing busted," he said.
"That situation where we're really struggling to field a team every week, and most of them are contact injuries. There's nothing we can do about it."