13 Aug 2016

Woeful Warriors thrashed by Rabbitohs

9:18 pm on 13 August 2016

A woeful New Zealand Warriors performance has seen them thrashed 41-22 at home against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.

The Warriors centre Solomone Kata reflects on the loss.

The Warriors centre Solomone Kata reflects on the loss. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The result drops the Warriors to ninth and temporarily out of playoff contention.

The first half could not have gone much worse for the home side.

Solomone Kata got them off to a flyer after seven minutes when he crashed over the line.

However, the Rabbitohs then reeled off five straight tries, including two from Englishman Joe Burgess and one from Greg Inglis.

Some fans booed the side as they trudged back to the changing room at half time.

The standout Kata again opened the half's scoring in the second with a long interception try to bring his 2016 tally to 16.

But a fluffed grubber by Shaun Johnson resulted in a breakaway try by Hymel Hunt on 54 minutes to restore the visitor's big advantage.

Manu Vatuvei and Jazz Tevaga tacked on points with tries but the game was long gone.

Elsewhere, a Jarryd Hayne field goal gave the Gold Coast Titans a last-gasp 19-18 win over Wests Tigers.

The Titans have now leapfrogged the Warriors into the top eight, damaging their playoff chances.