New Zealand Warriors coach Nathan Brown has ruled out making mass changes as his side attempt to bounce back from the mauling dished out by Melbourne Storm on Anzac day.
The Warriors are priced at 13/5 to make the top eight and play finals this season but suffered a big setback when the Storm thrashed them 70-10.
Brown’s men were well in the game at half-time as they just trailed the Storm 16-10 but Craig Bellamy’s side ran amok in the second half when scoring 54 unanswered points.
Brown says his players have to move on from the defeat, but they have to learn from it also as they prepare to face the Raiders on Saturday.
“Coming into the Melbourne game, we all felt we were making some reasonable progress,” Brown told reporters. “At halftime we felt obviously we were probably a touch unlucky not to be leading the game.
“What happened after it was not acceptable by anyone’s standards. We don’t want to forget that we were heading in the (right) direction, but obviously we can’t just completely forget what happened (in the second half) either.”
Ahead of the Raiders game, Brown has ruled out making mass changes with winger Edward Kosi the only player to be left out on the back of what happened against the Storm.
“We can’t go and make mass changes on the back of one half of footy,” Brown added. “There were some things that happened in the second half from an effort point of view that we’re extremely disappointed with, with individuals. They’ve
been made aware of that.
“Ed had a really tough day and it certainly knocked him around a bit. Giving Ed a week off is probably not only the best thing for us as a footy team but for Ed himself.”