'We just weren't the Broncos': Kahu
Dejected Brisbane winger Jordan Kahu admitted his side's performance in Saturday's 36-18 loss to the Warriors was below the standards the club is built on.
The seven-tries-to-three defeat was the Broncos' biggest of the season, and marked the first time they have lost three NRL Telstra Premiership games in a row since 2014.
Right from the opening set it was clear coach Wayne Bennett's side were struggling to match the intensity of the Warriors, and by the end of the match they had given up 10 line breaks and made 10 errors, with an overall completion rate of just 62 per cent.
"Everyone in the sheds was pretty disappointed, we lacked energy, we lacked discipline, we just weren't the Broncos tonight," Kahu told NRL.com.
"The Warriors kept coming at us and we just had nothing to answer with, it's not good enough and it's not what the club is built on.
"I'm not sure what has been going on in the last month, we haven't been training terribly, it's just the performances on the weekends haven't been us.
"It started with the Sharks in Round 9 and has only got worse.
"We will change things up this week, it's a short turnaround but we need to be accountable for this performance, and need to really see what we did wrong and fix it.
"It's not a good feeling losing three in a row."
After averaging only 13 points conceded per game through the opening 12 rounds, the Broncos gave up 36 in Auckland to a side that was running 14th on the ladder heading into the match.
Their 34 missed tackles was also the second-most they have come up with all year, leaving captain Corey Parker frustrated post-match.
"Take nothing away from the Warriors, they are a quality side, but by our standards we probably didn't aim up in a few areas," Parker said.
"They had all the possession, then we would give it to them [cheaply]. It's always hard – particularly with those guys when they are playing some footy – to get some of that momentum back."
Meanwhile Kahu singled out fellow Kiwi internationals Shaun Johnson and Tuimoala Lolohea as being crucial to the result at Mt Smart Stadium, and admitted he had been feeling for them after a rough couple of weeks for the Warriors on and off the field.
Between them Johnson and Lolohea set up three tries and made four line breaks, as they benefitted from a dominant pack and a more open style employed by coach Andrew McFadden.
"All the Warriors needed was those types of players like Shaun and Tui to stand up, and they definitely took advantage of everything we did wrong," Kahu said.
"It's very hard to stop those two when they are playing like that behind a team going forward.
"I'll be watching the Warriors closely now and hoping they can turn things around after what they have been through."
Up next Brisbane host the fifth-placed Raiders at Suncorp Stadium on Thursday night.