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Ouch...Dean Matterson cops a high shot against the Dragons at WIN Stadium

It's been a case of some heavy soul searching for the Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles this week following a heavy loss to the Dragons in The Knock On Effect NSW Cup.

Heading into the round four game at Wollongong last Saturday on the back of an impressive 40-20 win the week before, Blacktown Workers turned in a very ordinary performance in their 38-10 loss to the Dragons.

The first half was a combination of errors and some poor defence that saw the Sea Eagles trail 16-0 at half-time. Things only got worse in the second half.

Blacktown Workers Sea Eagles Coach Wayne Lambkin said the players knew where they let themselves down.

“A 51 per cent completion rate just made it so hard. We have spoken about why the game got to where it did with the scoreline and how hard it was to defend for long periods without the ball,’’ Lambkin said.

“We needed to get to our kicks more often and needed to do that for long periods of the game.

There was plenty of tackling practice for Blacktown Workers in their loss to the Dragons
There was plenty of tackling practice for Blacktown Workers in their loss to the Dragons ©NRL Photos

“You can claw your way back (in games like this) but if you keep doing the same crap over and over again, it makes it hard.

“We never got to a neutral stage with our mind thought and we just continued to make mistakes after mistakes which we couldn’t pull ourselves out of.”

Blacktown Workers have no better chance to redeem themselves than this Saturday at 4 Pines Park when they take on undefeated competition leaders Penrith.

The first month has seen Blacktown record a win, loss, win, loss pattern that sees them sit seventh on the ladder.


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