Penalties blamed for Cowboys loss
WARWICK Cowboys coach Matt Gainey has blamed a run of sloppy penalties for his side's 32-24 loss at the hands of the Wattles Warriors.
Despite leading by 14 points at half-time, the Cowboys lost their way in the second half as the Wattles side clawed its way back into the game at Father Ranger Oval yesterday afternoon.
Gainey said for a second week in a row the home side gave away penalties and appeared undisciplined.
"It seems to have become a bit of a habit for us," he said.
"That's not taking away anything from the Wattles - they were just too good for us.
"They were the better team."
It wasn't all easy for the Wattles, who had a frustrating, error-filled first half.
Coach Luke Duggan said his side failed to complete a set in the first 40 minutes of the game.
"We just had no form. We showed no respect for the ball and couldn't complete a set," he said.
"Once we took control of the field a bit better it started to turn around for us."
Duggan named Matt Duggan, Corey Blades and Harry Fulwood as his best players for the game, while Gainey named Ben Sullivan as the strong player in the team.
The message for the Cowboys ahead of their next few games is simple - pick up your act.
"It doesn't get any easier for us with a game against Gatton coming up after Easter," Gainey said.
"It'll be the same old drill again - hold the ball and don't give away too many idiot penalties.
"You can't afford to go giving away penalties when you're facing some of the toughest sides and best players in the competition."
The Wattles will face Souths next, with the coach hoping the side can bounce back from its weak first half against the Cowboys.
"We're definitely going to be working on our ball control," Duggan said.
In other games, the Wattles reserve grade side beat the Cowboys 28-22 after being locked in a 10-all draw at half-time.
The Cowboys under 18s handed the Wattles side a 38-point flogging, while the C-grade Cowboys side went down 26-4 against its Millmerran Rams/ Wattles opponents.