Newcastle Thunder head coach Mick Mantelli and fullback Derrell Olpherts were disappointed, but not despondent following Friday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup loss to Dewsbury Rams.
Thunder made a quick-fire start to the match, dominating possession and territory in the opening 10 minutes but were unable to make that tell on the scoreboard, a situation both men rued.
Speaking post-match the pair both highlighted little errors that not only allowed the Rams to get onto the front foot, but also prevented Thunder from mounting a meaningful fightback.
Mantelli said: “I thought there were a couple of silly mistakes cost us at key times, playing into a wind like that, I’d have given them 14 points but not 26. We got that score before half time which was important because it gave us a chance to try and build some momentum.
“We started the second half really well and had we gotten onto the board there it might have made a difference but unfortunately when you are playing a team from the division above, they do little things that bit better.
“That was the difference, so we’ll take what we can out of it and concentrate on the league.”
Try scorer Olpherts added, “We started like a house on fire, down at their end and then little errors let them play and build up a big lead.
“We were a lot better in that second half than in the first particularly defence wise. We need to be a lot better with the ball in hand but we’ll learn from it and we’ll move on to next week.
“The conditions played apart but we weren’t up to standard today. We were playing against a team from the league above who were crying out for a win, we let them get a bit of a roll on and left ourselves with too much to do.”