Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck says veteran players need to step up

Warriors skipper Roger Tuivasa-Sheck said he and veteran players need to step up and give rookie Chanel Harris-Tavita more assistance in their game against the Cowboys this Saturday.

The New Zealand NRL club butchered a chance to notch up their third win of the season, going down 28-24 to the South Sydney Rabbitohs last weekend on the Sunshine Coast.

Tuivasa-Sheck told Stuff that he and senior players should have done more to help out their young half Harris-Tavita.

"The boys in the middle, we all could have stepped up and helped Chanel," Tuivasa-Sheck said.

"I think that game last week is going to give him a lot more confidence to take on the team.

"But I think us as a collective and as leaders, we need to step up and play the whole 80, because unfortunately we fell asleep in the last 20 and that's what happens."

Warriors half Chanel Harris-Tavita. Source: Photosport

Last year's MVP Tuivasa-Sheck, praised Harris-Tavita's performance, saying he has quickly found his feet in first grade.

"The way he performed throughout the majority of the game, he was calm, he got to our kicks and got our plays going.

"But just in the back end is the big lesson for us as leaders to step up. I thought Chanel did his job really well."

The Warriors host the North Queensland Cowboys this weekend at Mount Smart Stadium.