New Zealand Warriors coach Nathan Brown believes some of his players gave up as they were trounced 70-10 by the Melbourne Storm on Anzac Day.
The Warriors are priced at 13/5 to make the top eight and play finals but there will need to be a huge improvement following the performance they put in against the Storm.
All the damage was done in the second half as the Storm piled on 54 points. Such a second-half haul is a record for the NRL era and Brown was stunned to say the least.
They managed to complete just two sets from seven in the second half and he felt some players were “looking for the easiest way out”.
"Some people did, I've got no doubt at all," Brown said when asked if some of his players had given up. "I've been in this game a long time and it's disappointing to actually sit here and say that but some people looked for the easiest way out they could and that's sad.
"That's not a reflection of all the players, we had some that worked extremely hard and put themselves on the line."
Storm boss Craig Bellamy almost showed a bit of sympathy for the Warriors when saying nothing went their way. But he was still delighted with the performance of his side.
"The Warriors had a lot of things go wrong the second half and obviously with those injuries, I don't think they had anyone on the bench," Bellamy said. "But having said that I can't really fault too much of what we did.
"It was a really dominant performance and I'm real happy with outcome and the performance of our players."