Coach driven mad by the Blues’ in­dis­ci­pline

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GILES Hea­gerty was again left dis­ap­pointed with his side’s dis­ci­pline and de­fen­sive frail­ties as they came away from a heavy de­feat at the hands of fel­low newly-pro­moted side Hart­pury Col­lege.

The Blues con­ceded six sec­ond-half tries and re­ceived two yel­low cards in the first half.

An ap­par­ent in­abil­ity to play the con­di­tions made things twice as hard for the Blues in gale force winds.

“We didn’t play the con­di­tions well in the first half,” said Hea­gerty.

“We were spend­ing far too much en­ergy play­ing in our own third when we needed to just put the ball down and use the wind, which was very frus­trat­ing see­ing as we talked about it be­fore the game.

“You’ve got to want to tackle, and that was the dif­fer­ence be­tween the two sides – they barely missed a tackle and I dread to think how many we have missed.

“If you miss 10 or more tack­les in a Na­tional One game, you’re go­ing to be in bother.

“We’ve been pe­nalised and had men sent to the bin again, it’s just the same old story and peo­ple need to start re­spond­ing in a more pos­i­tive man­ner.”

Hea­gerty pointed out that the play­ers must work to stay fo­cused on field as there is only so much a coach can do – per­sonal dis­ci­pline is down to the play­ers to main­tain.

“The coach­ing staff are not on the field, we need to be more clever, we need to un­der­stand what the ref­eree is say­ing and work to keep them on­side, we have failed to do this on too many oc­ca­sions this sea­son.”

The Blues had made seven changes to the squad fac­ing Hart­pury Col­lege, and another frus­tra­tion of Hea­gerty’s is the con­tin­u­ing in­abil­ity to be able to pick a con­sis­tent line-up.

“Com­pare the two team sheets, that amount of change is go­ing to have an im­pact on the game,” he pointed out. “Some changes are en­forced by in­jury and some forced by un­avail­abil­ity.

“Ul­ti­mately we have not ad­justed very well although El­liot Mil­larMills and Frankie Barker (above) had the best games they have had this sea­son.”

The Blues boss ex­pects a big re­ac­tion from his men when they host Dar­ling­ton Mow­den Park at Pri­ory Park this week­end.

“There needs to be a re­sponse phys­i­cally, as well as men­tally,” he added. “We have to front up and put bod­ies where it hurts.

“If peo­ple can start do­ing that then things will start go­ing our way.”

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