Roger Tuivasa-Sheck says jersey burners passionate fans who took loss 'really personal'
Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck says fans who burnt their jerseys in protest at the team's shocker against Penrith were passionate people who took the loss "really personal".
The Warriors blew a 28-6 lead against the Panthers on Saturday night, to lose 30-28, prompting two fans to burn their supporters' jerseys.
"My partner and my father inlaw burnt their warriors jerseys after tonights performance", Samantha-Jayne Baran posted in a video on Facebook of the protest.
Tuivasa-Sheck, asked on Radio Sport about the protest, said: "Winning and losing is a part of the game and unfortunately we lost in a big way.
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"It's fans who I feel like they are really passionate about our team and they took it real personal that loss.
"I can't really say or do much about that, we've got to get ready for another game this week."
However, he also urged fans to stay loyal, saying it was only half way through the season.
"I hope you guys continue to back us. I feel like we are on a journey. The last couple of months have been going really well, and just to get a hiccup like that, I hope you guys can stick with us," he told Radio Sport.
Tuivasa-Sheck admitted he played poorly in the second half and took responsibility for not being more direct with his team on projecting his messages.
Meanwhile, Baran has taken down her Facebook video of the protest. It energised a lot of passions, both for the protest and against.
She told NZME the backlash was greater than anticipated, but she did not want to comment.