McFadden slams 'unacceptable' Warriors
Warriors coach Andrew McFadden has slammed his side's poor performance in their thrashing at the hands of the Storm on Anzac Day.
McFadden labelled his side's showing as "unacceptable", and put the problem down to the attitude of his players during Monday night's match.
"It was a big occasion and we knew they were going to come out, and clearly we weren’t prepared for that. We never really got ourselves into the game at any stage, and physically we were dominated. It was unacceptable," McFadden said.
"Most definitely it comes down to that [attitude]. You’ve got to be prepared to win the physical side, and they're a big side Melbourne, and it's a big game so you’ve got to turn up, and we didn’t tonight," McFadden said.
"It's hard to win any football game when you're not prepared to roll your sleeves up."
Warriors captain Ryan Hoffman was also disappointed at the lack of effort from his side against the Storm, and said that he believed they were waiting for the game to come to them, and in doing so, missed their opportunity to win.
"We were passive. We waited for Melbourne to run at us, and we waited for them to run over us," Hoffman said.
"We weren’t willing to put our bodies in front. We took some soft options defensively and they equated to tries."
"It basically comes down to the individual, does the individual want to prepare themselves for this game, and we showed tonight, on mass, that we weren’t prepared for a tough encounter."
To add to the Warriors' bad night, both Tuimoala Lolohea and Simon Mannering suffered injuries during the game and didn’t return, with McFadden unsure about the health status of both players post game.
McFadden stated that Lolohea had likely strained a medial ligament, and Mannering suffered a 'pretty nasty' cut to his face.
Both players will likely face a race against time in a bid to be fit for the Warriors' clash with the Dragons on Sunday.