Sea Eagles forward Marty Cordwell takes the ball up during the clash against the Warriors in Whangarei last Saturday night.
Sea Eagles forward Marty Cordwell takes the ball up during the clash against the Warriors in Whangarei last Saturday night. Contributed

Sea Eagles take plenty from loss

FRONT-ROWER Marty Cordwell knew he would have some sore spots after taking on the New Zealand Warriors in Whangarei last Saturday night.

But he didn't think the sorest bits would be the fleshy part of his triceps just behind his elbows.

Cordwell was one of the best players for the Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles in the 68-10 loss, but said some of the tackling techniques of the Warriors took him by surprise.

"Every time I got tackled they grab you behind the elbows and squeeze really tight," Cordwell said.

"They decided when we were going down and when we could play the ball. I've never come across anything like that.

"Everyone was surprised at how strong and how well drilled they were."

Despite being overrun in the second half, Cordwel said the Coast players took a lot out of the game.

"It was an unreal experience, great just being out there," he said.

"They were clearly fitter than us, but everyone realised that we're really not that far from the next level.

"Everything that went wrong was fixable."

Cordwell's view was shared by halfback Todd Murphy who captained the Coast side on the night and was clearly one of the team's best players.

Murphy said the Warriors weren't necessarily bigger or stronger, and didn't hit any harder than Q Cup players, but were extremely well drilled and did the little things so well.

"They were very good at slowing the play-the-ball down. I think they won every tackle - we ended up on our backs every time," he said.

"But we'll learn a lot from it. We got a lot of confidence out of it.

"We need to work on our defence but we'll go down to Norths (Devils) this weekend expecting to win."



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