“It’s hard to take, it’s not to our standard,” said Walker, who played at fullback in the absence of the injured Tom Trbojevic. “If I had to put it down to anything, it’s attitude. We didn’t rock up. We did for the first 10-15 minutes, we were in the game and then we let the game get away from us.”
Manly were at level with the Roosters after nine minutes, but had no answer to the James Tedesco-led Tricolours as they took off at the SCG.
“Only us players can fix it. The coaching staff can show all the video we want, but if you’re not going to rock up on game day and show that bit of oomph about it; then it’s not going to change,” Walker said.
Forward Curtis Sironen said Hasler questioned the team’s “want” after the embarrassing display. “It was a kick in the guts. You don’t want to get embarrassed like that in round one,” he said
Manly will have to turn things around in a hurry, with South Sydney the visitors at Lottoland on Saturday.
“There is a bit of pride at stake,” Sironen said. “The confidence is a little bit rattled but there’s no excuse for us to keep preparing and get ready. It is tough.”
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