'He's worked really hard' – Warriors rookie centre Patrick Herbert given pass mark by Kearney

Warriors coach Stephen Kearney praised the debut performance of centre Patrick Herbert, who made his first NRL appearance in last night's 13-12 defeat to the Melbourne Storm.

After a string of impressive showings in reserve-grade football, 22-year old Herbert was given his first grade debut in last night's Anzac Day clash, replacing the injured Solomone Kata at centre.

Herbert played the full 80 minutes of the Warriors' one point loss, making 17 tackles and running for 102 metres and breaking out of two tackles in the process.

Speaking to media last night, coach Kearney spoke of Herbert's performance.

"He did well," Kearney said.

"He's worked really hard at ISP level, and he got the opportunity.

"I made a change with Sole [Kata] early in the week, and Patrick came in and did a great job.

"I'm pleased for him. He's a really good story. He worked hard for us over the pre-season and came on a train-and-trial basis. [He] got the opportunity, and made a good fist of a debut against a quality team tonight."

Herbert will be hopeful of playing the Warriors' next fixture, coming against the Newcastle Knights on May 5 at Mt Smart Stadium.

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