81-0 NOT GOOD ENOUGH: COACH
By GREG WHITE
NOT many teams win 81-0 and still find their coach frowning at full time.
But that was the reaction of Paul Butcher after watching his squad's slow start before Coffs Rugby put away Forster Dolphins at Rugby Park on Saturday.
"I let them know the inconsistency isn't good," Butcher said.
"After the strong start last week this was different and at this time of the year you should be switched on and in a rhythm.
"We took a different approach in the warm-up and it still didn't work so I'll ask at training what they want and try that next time."
What really had Butcher worked up was the turnovers in possession.
"In the first half we coughed up the ball 17 times and it was 25 in total by the end," he groaned.
"We're lucky we took so much ball in scrums against the feed and Connor Barret kept stealing the ball in lineouts.
"Although we ended up with 99 per cent of possession, when we come up against the good sides they could end up in a bit of trouble."
Significantly, Coffs' woes ended when Kevin Simpson entered the action.
"He can straighten the attack as well as spark them up," the coach said of his star backline player.
But it was the words of another star, Country representative prop Matt Hoy, that had the boss fired up.
"Make them see the anger in your eyes," Hoy told his team mates in the post mortem, leaving Butcher to explain exactly what was meant.
"Aggression, or as we found today, the lack of it," the coach said.
"That's what Matt was talking about.
"It can't be left to the other side to stir them up, we have to come out breathing fire at the start and stay that way over 80 minutes."
With half the season completed, Butcher is now turning his attention to the playoffs.
"It's why I keep stressing effort every week instead of going through the motions," he said.
"Some of these sides we beat easily at home now have to be played on their grounds.
"There'll be a hot welcome and none of my guys can afford to rest on their laurels."
COFFS RUGBY 86 (Matt Hoy, Tim Pollard, Angus Garland 2, Connor Barret, Matt Kent, Wayne Dean, Dave McCartney, Mick Cleary, Kevin Simpson, Ben Atkins, Chris Flanagan tries; Dean 6, Garland 2 conversions) def FORSTER DOLPHINS 0.
Scrums: Coffs Harbour 12-5.
Lineouts: Coffs Harbour 14-3.
Penalties: Forster 6-4.