9th July 2019, 10:26
Handling errors cost Hornets admits Calland
Rochdale Hornets head coach Matt Calland believes key handling errors have cost his side in recent weeks.
The Hornets fell to a 40-12 defeat at the hands of the Widnes Vikings as their battle for Championship safety continutes.
Kevin Brown and Callum Marriot both got on the scoresheet in either half for Rochdale, with Marriot grabbing his try as the hooter sounded for full time.
Throughout the game the Hornets had poor ball control, something Calland spoke about after the game.
“We just can’t hold the ball can we, you’re never going to win games without the ball we ran at 55% ball control in the first half and after half an hour in the second half we’d only had seven sets," explained Calland.
“Out of those seven sets we’d only completed four.
"We emphasized how important ball control was before the game and we need to control the ball at least 75-80% at a high standard of rugby,"
“Their left side attack killed our right side in the game, we talked about fixing that in the second half, I’m just really disappointed that we fell away in the second half.”
Despite the scoreline not being in the Hornets favour, they continued to show fight throughout the game something Calland belivies as been a major positive over the last few games.
"We did so much defending in the first half and that stopped out engine and we looked like a different team in the second half, added Calland.
“It’s really frustrating its not through a lack of effort but through a lack of smarts and skill.
“I thought Widnes were there for the taking, I thought we were a bit unlucky. When we are losing each week like we are you don’t seem to get much luck.
“I thought that try was exactly what we were trained to do and it got taken away for a forward pass, We have to wipe ourselves down and go again next week.”