Gelling: Warriors headless versus Storm

Monday April 30, 2018 Written by Published in League
Anthony Gelling (far left) walks away after the Warriors concede another try. Anthony Gelling (far left) walks away after the Warriors concede another try.

Anthony Gelling has admitted that the Warriors were completely outplayed in their Anzac Day clash against the Melbourne Storm, as the high-flying New Zealand side was walloped 50-10.

Gelling, who made his second consecutive start after turning out in the side’s 20-12 win against the first-place Dragons last week, said that he believed something was missing mentally for his side.

“There are a few things you could put it down to,” he reflected. “But for me personally, I thought we felt a bit threatened by the shape they put on out wide.

“I was thinking about that, rather than guys rolling up the middle. We just didn’t really have our heads on.”

The Cook Islands international said the message in the changing shed at halftime was to salvage some pride.

“We tried to pick ourselves up a bit,” he said.

“Obviously the mood was going to be down after taking a whipping like that, but we had to regroup and in the second half we couldn’t do any worse than the first. So we had nothing to lose and went at it a bit more.

“The second half showed that we can play footy once we make our adjustments, but obviously we’ve got to make them quicker, we can’t be leaking 30 points in 20 minutes or whatever it was – we’ve got to be better.”

As bad as the Warriors played, it’s also worth noting how impressive the Storm were.

They hadn’t had the best of starts to the season, twice losing to Wests Tigers, as well as to the Sharks. But in their last three games, they’ve scored 124 points and conceded just 44.

“It looked like they’d really done their homework and they were prepared,” Gelling said of the Storm.

“Some of the shots they took at us was stuff we hadn’t seen.

“In the first half, they got us with a little kick in between me and my winger, so obviously they knew there was something there.

“It was just their night. Everything they tried seemed to come off for them. They executed everything really well.”

With regular centre Solomone Kata expected to miss more time with an ankle injury, Gelling should continue to see more time for the club, after moving over from England earlier this year.

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