AG COLLEGE coach Stu Hodgson was lost for words on Saturday after the Southern Inland Rugby Union premier sunk to its third-consecutive defeat at Beres Ellwood Oval.
Creeping further into the history books with the disappointing loss, the Aggies were outclassed in all facets of the game by an enthusiastic Waratahs performance, 32-8.
Scoring just one try in the effort, the Aggies were depleted with injury and confidence against an effervescent Tahs backline that refused to quit.
Sparking him into action, Hodgson struggled to comprehend the third-straight loss for the premier on Saturday.
“I told the boys at the start of the year that being the premier we pretty much had to gift every team 10 points on us before we started, because teams lift against the premier and that’s our burden,” he said.
“I never thought it would end up as untidy as this, ever. But, we just have to move on.”
Coping with a heavy injury toll, which also claimed captain Dave Armstrong and James Whiteley during the game, the Aggies failed to display their trademark confidence and precision. Despite his disappointment, Hodgson said the problem isn’t attitude based.
“I feel sorry for the boys, you can see they’re really trying but nothing seems to be working, it can’t be fun,” he said.
“Just going into contact we build pressure and then throw silly passes or make a mistake that turns the ball over and we get punished for it, and you just can’t do that.
“Waratahs played very well, their structures are in place and they’re a good side, our scrum was dominant and then we’d knock it on or have massive lapses in concentration.
“I just don’t know what it is.”
However, Hodgson said he was happy with the forward pack, but something needs to be tinkered in the backline to improve confidence.
“You play with the cattle you’ve got, but it’s just so frustrating that we can’t bank the profit from a good forward pack,” he said.
“We can’t go on making any excuses, we’re gutted but we’re just not doing the basics right.
“Ben Leaper was terrific again, but I don’t know how long he can last doing that every week, but Cam Jenkins and Stu Garret were great.”
Waratahs captain Jock Munro sails across the line to score despite a late tackle from Ag College five-eighth Ben Tett.
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