Tony Bensons review off loss against Wales

Date published: Monday, May 28, 2012

OLDHAM boss Tony Benson blamed individual mistakes for the 35-30 defeat by South Wales Scorpions — the Roughyeds’ fourth Championship One defeat in the last four outings during May.

Uncharacteristic errors by Miles Greenwood, who otherwise had another top game, and John Gillam, playing his first game in 11 weeks, gifted Scorpions 12 points, while another blunder by debut-making on-loan winger Chris Holroyde led up to the Welsh side’s decisive try by Steve Parry 12 minutes from the end.
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Said Benson: “Without those mistakes, and others, the scoreline would have looked different altogether and we would have got a good result. Simple as that. Anyone can make them, but the fact remains that it was individual mistakes that killed us.

“When that happens, the other 16 blokes can’t do anything about it and that’s what is so frustrating.

“You can defend for so long, and battle for each other, but eventually things like mistakes, lost ball or penalties conceded just break you.

“On the very last play of the game a converted try would have won it for us, but Danny Whitmore was caught in possession because another player had run a wrong line and Whitty was left with no options. Whitty wasn’t at fault. Had the other player taken the line he should have taken it could have made all the difference.

“That’s the sort of thing that’s happening to us right now because we are on a bad run and we are playing without confidence.

“We were not outplayed or out-enthused, but at crucial stages when we had a chance to get on top we would lose the ball or give away a penalty.

“Everyone worked extremely hard, and we had a couple of tries disallowed for forward passes. They probably were forward, but just to get into those attacking positions and to go so close was a big improvement on the previous game when we struggled to score any tries.

“I disagree entirely with anyone who says we were expected to beat South Wales because they were in the lower end of the table.

“There are no easy games in this division. Every team is competitive. Scorpions beat Rochdale last week and they get a lift because of their tie-up wth Wigan Warriors. If you catch them without their dual-registered Wigan players they are a different side, but they had three in against us, including the two starting props.

“You then look at the team we fielded which, due to injuries and suspension, included three loan men — one on debut and two more who were in the side for only the second time.

“We have been putting structures into place since last November, but these lads (all good players) come in and are expected to pick things up in one, or at the most two,training sessions.

“Chris Holroyde, who I thought had a fantastic game overall, had only one session with us. It was little better than telling him over the phone how we play and how we are structured.

“Last week against Whitehaven our team stats were fantastic, but we struggled to score tries and that’s down to a lack of confidence.

“Chris (club chairman Chris Hamilton) said it had to get better, and it definitely did today, although five points says it wasn’t good enough.”