Raiders coach Ricky Stuart lost for words after ’embarrassing’ second-half performance against Warriors

Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has admitted to being lost for words, following another embarrassing second-half performance. 

Leading 20-12 at the break, it was the Warriors who would come out on top thanks to a golden-point field-goal from Shaun Johnson, who nailed the one-pointer to give his side a 21-20 victory.

It was an ugly clash for both sides, with 35 errors and 15 penalties, but it was Canberra who will be going home without the two points.

Speaking to the media after the game, Stuart was left speechless and said he wouldn’t delve into the depth of his club’s issues in a public forum.

“That whole second-half was undisciplined, lacked any quality execution – it was just very disappointing,” he said.

“I’m glad they were as bad as us.

“I’m lost for comment in regards to the quality of that football in the second-half.

“For any loyal fan or real fan we have got left, I feel really embarrassed and sorry for them.

“I can put my finger on it, but from a public point of view, it’s not something I need to discuss here at a press conference.”

Canberra have been dishing up some ordinary second-half performances so far in 2022, with the display against the Warriors perhaps their worst to date.

Jack Wighton said the second-half fadeouts were becoming too common for the Raiders.

“We shot ourselves in the foot massively again,” he said.

“It’s becoming too common. We’ve got to find a way to become winners again – at the moment, we just keep letting it slip.

“I’m a little bit lost for words…it’s something we will have a look at tomorrow and move on fast.

“It’s no secret we have to stick together and go again.”

New Zealand were coming off a 60-point loss to Melbourne on Anzac Day, but somehow showed enough fight in the second 40 minutes to seal a much-needed victory.

Warriors coach Nathan Brown however expressed sympathy for Stuart, who is struggling to get the best out of the Raiders. 

“It wasn’t a great game of footy and you’ve got to feel for the other mob,” he said.

“They are going through a tough time and a period of losses.

“Stick is a friend of mine and a good fella, so I certainly feel for him a bit.

“It’s a tough game sometimes.”

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