‘Dis­grace­ful’ dis­play in Cup win: Kil­shaw

Middleton Guardian - - SPORT - SHELDAN KEAY

ROCHDALE Hor­nets head coach Alan Kil­shaw branded his side a ‘dis­grace’ de­spite their 20-8 win at Nor­man­ton Knights in the fourth round of the Chal­lenge Cup.

Hor­nets picked up the win away from home to progress into the fifth round of the com­pe­ti­tion, but even though Kil­shaw’s men came out on top against a Na­tional Con­fer­ence Pre­mier Divi­sion side at the LD Nutri­tion Sta­dium, he was still ex­tremely dis­ap­pointed with what he saw.

“Some of our ef­forts were a dis­grace. It’s the most dis­ap­pointed I’ve been with a win in my en­tire coach­ing ca­reer,” he said.

“It was dif­fi­cult for both sides be­cause of the weather. It slowed down our pass­ing and in the last 20 min­utes we couldn’t see at one point, but that doesn’t take away from our poor per­for­mance.

“It’s way off what we ex­pected. We could still run hard, tackle hard, put pres­sure on the kicker and take balls but we didn’t do that. We went 16-0 up but then put the cue in the rack and fell in love with our­selves.

“Credit to Nor­man­ton as we knew they’d have a dig and come strong, but we were still pretty dis­grace­ful in some areas. We had a bit of dis­rup­tion and lost some play­ers but we’re not of­fer­ing any ex­cuses.

“Nor­man­ton are a strong side and had noth­ing to lose, and we did some dumb stuff in the game and put pres­sure on our­selves at time.

“Any­one else would have beaten us if we’d have played a League One team, and any­body in our divi­sion would have put a big score on us.

“There were very small pos­i­tives. I thought Rob Mas­sam and Ben Moores did well, but on the whole there wasn’t enough good per­for­mances for me to be happy.

“There is a say­ing in rugby that an ugly win is a good win, but I dis­agree with that based on this per­for­mance. We’ve got Toronto in the league next week and we re­ally need to fo­cus on that now.”

Hor­nets were set to find out who they face in the fifth round of the Chal­lenge Cup when the draw took place on Tuesday.

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