Coach proud of his play­ers de­spite agony

Middleton Guardian - - LEISURE -

RUGBY LEAGUE SHELDAN KEAY

ROCHDALE Hor­nets head coach Alan Kil­shaw in­sists he was ex­tremely proud of his side de­spite their nar­row 18-17 home de­feat to Toronto Wolf­pack on Fri­day.

Kil­shaw’s side came ag­o­nis­ingly close to win­ning the game, and while they may have come up short, he was still happy with what he saw from his play­ers.

“I’m im­mensely proud of the play­ers for their ef­forts and how dom­i­nant they were,” he said.

“They had all been in work be­fore the game but then knocked off at 5pm and came to the ground, so to put in an ef­fort like that was bril­liant and I’m so proud.

“I spoke to them be­fore the game and said that their ef­forts would get them what they de­serve, but that prob­a­bly wasn’t true as they didn’t get what they de­served.

“We’ve set a stan­dard now and we need to stick at it. We can’t be the nearly men against the big boys, we’ve got the level now and we need to make sure next week we’re up for it dur­ing the Easter pe­riod.

“We were a bit dis­ap­pointed with a few de­ci­sions that went against us. We thought Lewis Pal­frey got punched two or three times dur­ing a fra­cas but then he ended up in the sin bin, Toronto get a penalty and they score in the next set.

“Ul­ti­mately we had op­por­tu­ni­ties to win even if you take that de­ci­sion away. As much as we can look at those calls and say it was an in­jus­tice, we let them back in the game and still could have over­come them.

“We could re­view these de­ci­sions to death, but they al­ways say that they even them­selves out over the course of the sea­son. I’m yet to see that hap­pen since I’ve been here, but hope­fully it might hap­pen this year.”

Broth­ers Luke and Toby Adam­son with Ash­ton Simms

Alan Kil­shaw

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