Illawarra Cutters Assistant Coach David Walsh believes lack of possession was behind the 24-22 loss to the Wyong Roos at WIN Stadium, Wollongong on Saturday.
The Cutters commanded a six-point lead at the halfway point of the fixture before a litany of errors, including dropping the ball from kick-off of the second stanza, allowed the visitors back into the game.
The Roos managed four tries in the win but Walsh denied the errors were a result of lack of cohesion within the playing group.
“It was a really good contest in the first half,” said Walsh.
“We did a lot of hard yards and completed the majority of our sets.
“In the second half we made it hard for ourselves with some simple turnovers, but we still managed
to compete right to the death, which was pleasing.
“We’ve been training together for a few weeks now, so we know what we’re all about. In saying that,
there is no doubt we’re still learning and working on some new structures.
“I think the more we had the ball, the better we looked. If we can have the ball for extended
periods of time, I’m sure we are going to develop into a good team.”