We were given a lesson…..Scott

Date published: Wednesday, April 23, 2014
DEFENSIVE clangers by the backs proved costly and were the root cause of Oldham’s failure to retain their unbeaten league record in a 38-12 defeat at Hunslet, said coach Scott Naylor.
It all went wrong for Roughyeds in the second half when the Hawks got well on top to score five tries to one, three of them in the last quarter of an hour to deny the visitors a bonus point.
Said Scott: “For most of the first half we stuck to playing as planned and to utilising the things we had worked on in preparing for the game.
“I wasn’t too bothered about going in at half-time 12-6 down because we were playing okay and we were very much in touch despite Hunslet getting more than enough 50-50 calls from the referee which put the home side in good field position.
“We spoke at half-time about what we needed to do in order to kick-on, but the opposite happened and our backs made far too many mistakes on plays one or two.
“Give a good team like Hunslet as much field position as we did and they will inevitably score points — it’s as simple as that.
“They deserved to win because they were more clinical than us; they did the right things in the right areas of the field; and they stuck to what they believed in.
“They gave us a lesson — we can’t hope to win games against anybody in this division if we don’t eradicate defensive mistakes.”