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Wests Tigers NYC Coach Todd Payten says his players experienced the highs and lows of rugby league within a week.

In his weekly column, Payten talks about the disappointing loss to Manly in round four following his side's best win of the season a week earlier.


What a difference a week makes in football. We were beaten by a side who basically wanted the contest more. We got a real reality check and a lesson on how to compete.

We did absorb a heap of pressure defensively in the first half when they had 6 more sets than us. That was due to a combination of both our errors and a lack of discipline. The penalty count was 6-1 to Manly at half time.

Admittedly we did get a few harsh calls but that is football. We werent resilient enough to handle the adversity early and we went into half time 12-4 down. We struggled to deal with the defensive work load of the first half in very steamy conditions and as a result, we played brain dead football when we had the ball in the 2nd half and too many guys took the easy option around 20mins to go.

Our support play was almost non-existent therefore we had no variety through the ruck. Our timing and decoys on what plays we did put on were ordinary. With about 20mins to go they went back to back tries that really broke us and stole any hope of us winning the game.

In saying that the boys did try hard we just played dumb when we had opportunities and it only takes one or two of us taking shortcuts defensively in tough periods for things to come un done.

Forward Brenden Santi again was again a power for us in the middle of the park. His control defensively was excellent. Winger Delouise Hoeter continued his form also through his constant effort and enthusiasm in all his involvements.

Prop Nathan Brown had a strong game. He carried for 139m, 50m further than any other forward. I was also pleased with Dallas Graham who was on debut. He too is has come through the Keebra Park system. He provided us with energy and some punch coming off the bench.
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