After tears, a coffee with Matt Lodge helped Warriors' Edward Kosi earn redemptionDavid Long
05:00, Jul 31 2022
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Edward Kosi celebrates with Reece Walsh after scoring one of his three tries against the Storm on Friday night.
When Edward Kosi had his horror night for the Warriors against the Storm on Anzac Day, he wondered if he had what it took to make it in the NRL.
The 23-year-old winger admits there were tears after that 70-10 loss in Melbourne, but following a heart-to-heart talk with Matt Lodge and weeks of hard work, Kosi got his redemption on Friday night at Mt Smart Stadium.
The Warriors lost 24-12, with all their points came from Kosi, who scored a hat-trick and showed he can play at the NRL level after all.
It wasn’t just the three tries he scored that was so impressive. Unsurprisingly, the Storm targeted him with high balls, but Kosi confidently took them and also ran strongly for 136 metres, making three line breaks, while on defence he didn’t miss a tackle.
“Everyone knew what happened in the last game against Melbourne,” Kosi said.
“So I had to do my job, which was to catch those high balls and carry the ball hard for our middles.”
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Edward Kosi didn’t just score tries against the Storm on Friday, he also ran the ball for 136 metres.
It was a horror night for all the Warriors players at AAMI Park in April, but particularly Kosi, he was heavily criticised afterwards and was the only player dropped due to form by the then coach Nathan Brown.
Kosi admitted it was hard to cope with what happened that night and it needed Lodge to take him out to a cafe for him to be able to start getting over it.
“After the game in Melbourne he took me away. I had a chat to Brownie prior to that.
“I was tearing up and Lodgey took me away and we had a coffee and chat.
“I had put all the weight of that game on my shoulders and felt like I was the one to blame for the loss, because it was due to my errors.
“He assured me that I’ve got to keep working hard and he was saying not everything was my fault in that game, he felt it was a shared performance.”
After that coffee, Kosi knew he didn’t want to give up on his dream of being a successful NRL player and chose to knuckle down, work hard in reserve grade footy and earn another opportunity.
“I went away and didn’t play for seven or eight weeks (in the NRL),” he said.
“There was a bit of doubt in myself after that Storm game,” he added.
“I went away to reflect on that performance and then I had to work hard in Redcliffe in reserve grade and I think I did well enough to get the call up against Parramatta.
“I didn’t play the following week, but when I got the call up again I was confident that I could back up that performance.”
Even though Kosi played against the Eels a couple of weeks ago, memories of what happened in Melbourne hadn’t faded and he knew he had to overcome those emotions to finally move on.
“I knew I had to flush that and focus on this game,” he said.
“I had to block the outside noise and focus on what I do best and I thought I did that.”
After tears, a coffee with Matt Lodge helped Warriors' Edward Kosi earn redemption
The winger questioned his abilities the first time the Warriors played the Storm this season, but bounced back in impressive fashion with a hat-trick on Friday.
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