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Warriors coach Nathan Brown was frustrated with his side’s horror start after they found themselves down 26-0, before nearly snatching a result in a 32-30 loss to the Rabbitohs.

Had the game gone for 85 minutes, the Warriors may have got the victory, but they left themselves with too much to do and Brown was more upset with the start than he was happy with the comeback in the second half.

“We can look at it two ways,” Brown said.

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“We can look at the comeback and nearly getting there and we dropped it over the line a couple of times.

“Or we could focus on the first half. And to be honest as their coach we have to focus on why the first half happened because that is certainly not where you want to be as a football club.

“We certainly don’t want to be a team that doesn’t start games well and ends up a fair way behind on the scoreboard and then has a great fightback and gets beat.

“I would be disappointed if that’s what we become. We started poor and that’s what we need to be worried about.

“Obviously when Tohu Harris came on the field things started to work better for us there is no doubt about that.

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Nathan Brown was unhappy with the first half against Souths.Source: FOX SPORTS

“But that first 15 minutes of the game. We actually started the first three sets well and then our middle forwards are front-loading their energy and putting a lot into it.

“But then we had a period of the game in that 15 minute block where scoring was far too easy.”

Brown was furious at his side for leaking soft tries in quick succession, which has become a theme this season, especially in the last month.

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“We started the game quite strong, but the juice comes out of them and we get in that vicious cycle and we leak one or two easy tries and then all of a sudden you are chasing your tail,” Brown said.

“That’s disappointing with where that part of our game is at, at the minute.”

The Warriors missed 38 tackles against Souths continuing a worrying run of poor defence that has seen them on the wrong end of some big margins this season and Brown conceded their recent form is not where they want the club to be.

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“In the past month we don’t really like what we’ve seen as a footy club if I’m being honest with you,” Brown said.

“I thought the first six or seven weeks we showed we had made some really good progress on last year and then we have had a few little setbacks lately.

“We have had a fair number of personnel changes through injuries like a lot of clubs have and we do end up with some younger blokes out there next to each other at times, which can prove a little bit difficult at times.

“But that first 25 minutes that product is not where we want to be.”