Cowboys coach a hard marker

DESPITE scoring 10 and only letting one try in, Dungowan coach Luke Taylor is far from pleased with the performance of his side after it beat Manilla 52-6 at Manilla.

“We were scrappy all day and dropped to their level,” Taylor said.

“We didn’t start with the right attitude and don’t have the right attitude at the moment.”

Cowboys prop Justin Fox crossed the line not long after kick-off to open the floodgates.

The Tigers did have some glimpses of good play but are not in good shape at the moment and are doing well to field a side.

An incident a fortnight ago after a game against Kooty had huge ramifications for the club.

Four players were sacked and one league tag player and the entire committee stood down.

Last week, a new committee was put together with Shaun Handsaker at the helm and the club is trying to get back on track.

There were some big runs and huge hits coming from the big  Manilla forwards but it was all one off.

Captain coach Chris Vidler said at the moment they were just trying to get a team on the ground each weekend.

Vidler had a good game with some good running down the left side but struggled to find support at times.

New recruit Te Hira Bristowe definitely let the Cowboys know they were playing with some huge hits and rampaging runs, but the Cowboys were too good.

“Our completion rates are not good enough and we aren’t doing those one percenters,” Vidler said.

“We are a little bit behind in fitness which doesn’t help our defence.

“The positive thing is that we still have blokes who are keen to play footy regardless of the outcome.

The Cowboys did perform a bit better in the second half, although let one try through before the break.

Fullback Josh Steele won a one-on-one contest on the blindside and went the full length of the field to get the crowd cheering.

“That try was pathetic from us and really disappointing,” Taylor said.

“We did pick it up a bit in the second half and put some good phases together.”

The coach thought that Clint Ridley and Damien Pittman were stand-outs, and the referee gave the points to halfback Matt Wilson and fullback Beau Ryan.

“They are a bunch of good blokes but they have got to pull their finger out,” Taylor said.

“If we play like that next week against Boggabri it will be a different story.”


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