Monto Roos get stung by the Cherbourg Hornets
A LAPSE in attitude almost proved costly for the Cherbourg Hornets after they let the Monto Roos slip through their defence in the first-half.
At the top of the ladder, the Hornets are in a very favourable position but coach Frank Malone warned they still needed to be cautious.
“We started off the way we wanted,” he said.
The Hornets set completion was high and they opened a scoring account first at their homeground, Jack O’Chin Oval on Saturday.
Malone said the Hornets dropped their intensity from there and the Roos snapped back.
“From there we didn’t take control of the game like we wanted,” he said.
“Our attitude dropped and allowed Monto to come back.
“We took Monto too lightly.”
The steady lead built up in the opening stages of the first-half was whittled away by the Roos. By the sound of the half-time siren the Roos had pulled back the score to 24-12 in favour of the home team.
But the second-half was very much a one-sided story after the Hornets returned to the field with a rejuvenated sense to win.
The home team hit Monto hard and pummelled on the points to win the game 66-24.
Up against Murgon at the weekend, Malone said the Hornets could not afford to play a first-half like they did at the weekend against the Mustangs.
Malone said the Hornets had to match the intensity of the second-half of play.
“There needs to be more talk and communication at the end,” he said.
Despite being up against the odds playing more than four hours away from home, Roos captain Damien Zieth said there was some potential to be found in his team despite struggling in the competition.
“We’ve had a couple of big losses,” he said.
With a team which regularly changes from year to year Zieth said it was tough to build strong team chemistry.
The Roos were also missing a couple of players so it was tough for them to fill the gaps and stop the Hornets from running through.
“We just ran out of steam,” Zieth said.