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Craig Sandercock’s post match reaction

Robins' Head Coach Craig Sandercock pulled few punches in the post-match press conference having seen his side fall to a 36-24 home defeat at the hands of the Bradford Bulls.

"Just like we have doing recently, we came up with too many silly penalties and too many silly errors and weren't able to defend on the back of that," a disappointed Sandercock said.

"Unfortunately, it's been the story of our season and unless we get that tough mentality where we want to compete and want to defend an error, then that's what's going to happen.

"A lot of it comes down to concentration, desire, attitude and determination. All of those attributes embody a first grade, professional rugby league player and unless we get that then we're going to be on the end of those kind of scorelines on a regular basis."

At 24-14 up, Jake Webster had a try ruled out by video referee, Richard Silverwood, but Sandercock refused to use that incident alone as a reason for defeat.

"It's too hard to tell but I'd suggest that they probably got it (the decision) right," he added. "If that had been given then I thought that'd have been the game but in saying that, we probably should have done better than we did and there were a few little turning points.

"We had a good little grubber put through there and nobody bothered to tackle (Brett) Kearney and he raced 80 metres down the field. All those little things went against us today and if you're not mentally tough, if you don't concentrate for 80 minutes, if you don't have a good attitude and if you don't have line speed then you get what happened to us today.

"There are a few things that you could possibly put it down to. Maybe the boys thought it was a bit too easy and that they were going to score at will. I also thought that Joel Clinton having the ball stolen was a turning point as we were really in the ascendency and if we'd scored a try then, it could have been all over.

"But you've got to be more resilient than that and unfortunately, we weren't."

With a tough trip to Catalans coming up next weekend, the Robins' boss will be looking for a response from his players both on the training field, and in the south of France.

"There's only so much you can do at training," he added. "It's more about individual response and individual attitude so that we can get people playing at their best because it is disappointing when a team plays as well as we did for 15 minutes but then goes to pieces so to speak.

"I was disappointed with most of Bradford's tries from our point of view as most of them were very soft. Unfortunately, we didn't make Bradford have to work very hard at all for their tries and that's probably the most disappointing thing."

 

Photo: Craig Sandercock’s post match reaction