‘Disgraceful’ display in Cup win: Kilshaw
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.