McClennan shattered as Warriors lose again

Sam McKendry

After another loss, Warriors coach Brian McClennan was shattered, and could not bring himself to talk about the loss to Penrith – after a late try to Travis Robinson granted the Panthers the victory.

It was the Warriors who were their own worst enemies, though – as pedestrian errors and an exhausted defence, left McClennan under pressure for another week.

With his job security a topic he did not want to discuss, nor the game, McClennan was clearly distraught at the loss.

“I’m not sure, I can’t really answer that,” he said.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’ll keep trying to do the best I can for my players. I’ll control what I can control.”

What McClennan did reveal, however, is that he is in talks with Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney about a possible role at the club – but he did not go into specifics as to which role that would be.

Despite the loss, however, McClennan was pleased with his side’s gutsy effort – considering they had to resort to the interchange bench 6 times in the first half.

“I’ve said to them in the sheds, I’m proud of them,” McClennan said.

“To only have four subs in that second half, that’s a pretty good effort by the lads.”

Although the result was a crucial one for the Panthers, coach Ivan Cleary said that the game was of an overall poor standard.

“It looked like two teams who haven’t won much this year, that’s what that second half looked like,” Cleary said.

“Just watching that second half, I thought all we had to do was sort out some of our own issues and we’d get over the line.

“We didn’t manage to do that until three minutes to go.”

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