By MITCHELL DALE
MACKSVILLE captain-coach Paul Davis is urging his players to maintain the intensity of last week's win over Port Macquarie in order to buck an alarming trend the Sea Eagles have established in 2005.
The premiers travel to Bellingen tomorrow accompanied by the concerning statistic that both their losses this season have come against sides below them on the competition ladder.
Against the frontrunners, the Sea Eagles are aiming up, only to drop their guard against sides from the other end of the table.
"We have beaten every team above or equal to us on the competition ladder this year, except Woolgoolga and Orara Valley who we haven't played yet," Davis said.
"But we have lost both games against teams below us ? Coffs and Gimbisi.
"Last week we lifted against Port and it is important to maintain that intensity this weekend and steamroll Bellingen."
Macksville produced one of their better performances of the season to topple the previously undefeated Sharks last weekend.
Now Davis is demanding consistency from his players.
"We lift against some teams but in other games we just walk onto the paddock thinking we have the two points without needing to put in the effort," he says.
"It's more of a mental thing, but we have to get some consistency."
Bellingen captain-coach Blair Sankey has also called for more consistency and put his troops through a gruelling workout on Tuesday to reinforce the message.
"I flogged the boys on Tuesday and unfortunately the whole club had to suffer," he said.
"But I wouldn't have done it if I didn't think we could be competitive."
Sankey wants his side to make amends for last weekend's loss to the hot-and-cold Gimbisi Warriors.
"After we beat Coffs Harbour we spoke about that game being the building block to go on from," Sankey said.
"But we squandered that when we went down to Gimbisi, so we need to re-establish that this weekend.
"We got a bit of a shock last weekend, so hopefully we will knuckle down against Macksville."