30 Jul 2019

Warriors put ref drama in past

5:22 pm on 30 July 2019

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck insists they have moved on from the refereeing controversies of their loss to Parramatta last weekend.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck Photo: Photosport

The NRL has admitted "serious errors" were made in the Eels 24-22 win in Sydney, with four officials involved in the match dropped to reserve grade this week.

Tuivasa-Sheck said there's no value in dwelling on that ahead of Friday night's game against the Raiders in Auckland but admitted it wasn't easy at times trying to reason with the referees.

"That part is tough as captain. Trying to chat with them and trying to make sure we get a fair call.

"At the time, I was real frustrated during the game [against the Eels] but there is parts there that we can control.

"The tries that they scored, there were some soft tries and we've got to put our hand up for that and try not to get to that situation."

Warriors players toned down their refereeing criticism on Tuesday, instead focusing their energy into their clash with Canberra.

In the wake of the Parramatta loss, coach Stephen Kearney tore into officialdom; livid with the 9-2 penalty count against his team and inconsistent rulings around ball stripping.

Former Warriors hooker Monty Betham followed suit with a description of "complete incompetence" for Saturday's referees.

Betham said he and plenty of teammates had always believed there was a bias against the Warriors but thought it was now the worst he had seen.

Chief executive Cameron George said the Warriors had been dudded by dubious rulings for the past month and called on fans to come to Mt Smart Stadium dressed as referees.

Warriors CEO Cameron George.

Warriors CEO Cameron George. Photo: Photosport

George later conceded the suggestion was meant to be "tongue in cheek".

Tuivasa-Sheck remained more composed.

The reigning Dally M medallist said it was important the Warriors flush any anger out of their system and start thinking about how they could have played better.

He acknowledged that as a captain he has the platform to influence on-field rulings and felt he was still improving in that area

"I'm still learning a lot. Is there a way I can talk (to referees) a lot better?" he said.

"There's a lot of players in the past that have done it really well, so there's probably an art to it that I'm still trying to work my way around."