Mick Mantelli was thankful to the last minute heroics of Benn Hardcastle and Ali Blair as the side extended their winning streak to 14 competitive games, but maintained it was a position that they shouldn’t have found themselves in.
Thunder were made to work hard by the Skolars, who successfully restricted the hosts for large parts of the fixture as they looked to restore some pride following a heavy loss to Toronto Wolfpack a week earlier.
It was something that the head coach had highlighted during the week, as he explained to Thunder TV post match.
“I warned them all week about how they were beaten 76-0 last week and that it wasn’t going to be the same animal coming up here.
“They had a few changes, which I think probably helped them, they slowed the game to the pace and dictated the pace of the game.
“It was probably a kick in the pants we needed. Everyone has been talking us up as a dark horse and that showed every team can be beaten on the day.
“I do look at the positives, for us to win tight games like that, it takes a special team to do that too, but we shouldn’t be in a position like that, we scored five tries to three and missed a lot more opportunities.”
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