North Queensland coach Josh Hannay has challenged his facet to “develop up” after their shut 14-12 loss to the Raiders.
The Cowboys fell to their second loss in a row since Hannay took over from Paul Green, and their fifth consecutive loss general.
The Cowboys continued to present enchancment however could not shut out the sport in opposition to the injury-hit Raiders at essential moments.
When requested about his facet’s efficiency post-match, the Cowboys nice was important of his group’s poise throughout pivotal passages of play that might have swung the end result their approach.
“I’m fairly torn tonight as a coach,” Hannay stated post-match.
“We noticed indicators of the kind of group that I need to see on the market however we simply maintain taking pictures ourselves within the foot.
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“So one a part of me is immensely proud and the opposite is immensely pissed off and indignant.”
Even although the Cowboys are lacking key players and have undergone a change within the head teaching place, Hannay refused to make excuses for his players.
He stated without having the likes of Valentine Holmes and Michael Morgan on the sector is hard, ultimately different players have to step up and alter the membership’s predicament.
“At some level as a footballer it doesn’t matter what stage of expertise you’re, you want to develop up and do your job in huge moments notably,” he believes.
“That’s three week’s straight I might say that our effort has been first-class however inexperience, people not doing their job when the sport comes their approach,
“I believed there was some moments on the market the place a few of our youthful players did not do their job.
“For probably the most half, all of them did spectacularly nicely however you have bought to do it for 80 minutes, you cant do it for 60-70 in opposition to a high quality opposition just like the Canberra Raiders.”
Hannay admitted he made an “error in judgement” when he changed prop Francis Molo with John Asiata on the 70-minute mark in the hunt for factors.
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Asiata left the sector minutes later with suspected knee drawback, after coming back from an MCL damage that had sidelined him since spherical 4.
“I believed Canberra had been out on their ft and I went for the killer blow,” Hannay stated.
“I assume it is a good signal that he was in a position to return out and I thanked him for that effort, however at this stage it might be too early to inform the severity of what he is finished there.”