THE Nambucca Roosters mighty unbeaten run in Group 2 rugby league has come to a grinding halt with a 34-24 defeat at the hands of last year’s premiers, Sawtell Panthers at the weekend.
In a match with similarities to that of the 2011 grand final, the visitors dominated the first part of the game before Sawtell came from behind to secure the win.
Captain Mick Ronan said Nambucca went into the game playing some great football with few mistakes and plenty of patience; however they dropped the ball in the second half and played possibly some of the worst football they have produced all season.
“We beat ourselves on the weekend,” he told the Guardian.
“We played a great first half, one of the best all year; but in the end our discipline let us down and it’s something we have to look at before we get to the semis.
Coach Garren Stig agreed it cames down to self-discipline.
“That’s something we really need to get away from,” he said.
“I thought the football was good, we had the game set up at halftime, but definitely the discipline was out the door.
“Until they get that right it will be a chance of beating us in the grand final, if we make it.
“We really didn’t want the loss, but at the end of the day I think it may have woken them up a little bit, we’ll just have to wait and see.
“Hopefully we’ve learnt from our mistakes so we move on this week with another win.”
Reserve grade were unable to field a side and forfeited; while the 18s continued their winning streak, downing Sawtell 24-10.
Sunday sees the Roosters take on Bellingen/Dorrigo at Coronation Park.
“This week against Bello we’ll be back to full strength with Chris Carr, Gary Jarrett and Dean Buchanan all returning so we’re keen to get back on track,” Ronan said.