Issues addressed for Bulldogs clash
Caption: The Sea Eagles hit the ball up in the loss to Wentworthville last Sunday. Photo: Jason Abrahams.
Coach Luke Williamson feels his team have addressed the issues of their disappointing performance last Sunday in the Intrust Super Premiership.
The Sea Eagles were their ‘own worst enemy’ in losing 28-0 to Wentworthville at Ringrose Park to remain winless after two rounds.
“Wentworthville didn’t crack us until the 27th minute of the game and it was only 12-0 at half-time,’’ Williamson said.
“Completion wise, we were only 63 per cent in the first half and they were up around the 85-90 mark. We did well but we then just shot ourselves in the foot.
“In the second half, we just got worse. We literally just didn’t complete. Every second set we had, we gave a penalty away or we turn the ball over. They then just scored some tries and tiredness wore us down.
“The real disappointing thing was that we didn’t recognise what was happening and try to get ourselves out of it.’’
Williamson said the players must focus on their execution.
“We know what we are doing, the shape works. It is about the final execution. If we get it on the money and get ourselves right, we are going to score points, yet alone put pressure on teams,’’ Williamson said.
“Last week we just didn’t put any pressure on Wentworthville at all and we legged them out of their own half quite easily.
“We had a 5-0 penalty count against us at half-time and a 7-2 final penalty count at full-time, so I don’t know what we were doing so wrong and when Wenty was doing so right.”
The Sea Eagles will face the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at Belmore Sports Ground on Saturday, March 19, at 2pm. With wet weather forecast, the match has been transferred from Brookvale Oval to protect the playing surface for Monday’s NRL game. The Bulldogs' home game against Manly later in the season will now be at Brookvale.
The Bulldogs drew 16-all in round one before losing 38-12 last weekend.
“We have addressed the issue and we just have to focus on us. We can’t worry about what the Bulldogs are doing.
“If we can find our rhythm, things will start to click. It is about us being patient enough to keep persisting and to find that rhythm and to have that trust with the group.”
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