Nathan Brown says he must “take some responsibility” surrounding team selection after making a bizarre call on Reece Walsh.

Warriors coach Nathan Brown says he must “take some responsibility” surrounding team selection after admitting he still needed to figure out how to implement young gun Reece Walsh into the 17.

The Warriors today were the victims of a Tom Trbojevic masterclass, who had six try involvements as the Sea Eagles erased an eight-point half-time deficit to win 38-32 at Lottoland.

Following the defeat, Brown was left answering questions surrounding his own performance after admitting he got it wrong by waiting until close to midway during the second half before inserting Walsh, while his side was trailing 22-20.

The 18-year-old crossed over for a try, had one try assist and made a line-break in 26 minutes of action in just his third NRL game.

“I don’t know if I’m using Reece properly,” Brown told reporters after the match.

“He’s only been with us for three weeks.

“Manly had a plan for when he was on the field, and they’re the things that will be great to learn for Reece. Obviously, they didn’t go there by fluke.

“They’d obviously worked out from when we played him at fullback to where we put him last week when the Cowboys didn’t know where he was going to be.

“This week, Manly probably had a fair idea, and that’s a part of learning how to play first grade.”

Walsh started at five-eighth in the Warriors’ win over the Cowboys last week, but today he was shifted to the bench as fellow playmaker Chanel Harris-Tavita made his return to the side from a foot injury.

Halfback Kodi Nikorima was shifted to dummy-half when Walsh was injected into the halves.

“Did I use our personnel best today? One would suggest I probably need to take some responsibility because we came up against a smart coach and some players who can think on their feet,” Brown said.

“Sometimes the coach needs to look at how he does things as well. Did I get it all right today? That will be something I have to learn.”

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