Payne laments penalty problem.

Payne laments penalty problem.

31st July 2017

Jason Payne voiced frustration following an opening Super 8s loss against Workington Town on Sunday afternoon, but insists all is still to play for in the push for a playoff berth.

Thunder were undone by 16 unanswered second half points as the Cumbrians took full advantage of a Lewis Young red card and though the interim head coach lamented his sides mistakes, insists Thunder still control their own destiny.

Payne said: “It was a frustrating one, there were far too many penalties and far too many errors and we played some dumb rugby at times and unfortunately, we got beat off a good team.

“In these seven games, we are going to be tested every week and we’ve got to bring it every week and unfortunately we weren’t quite good enough today, which wasn’t helped by the red card and the sin binning.”

Asked where the key concern was for Thunder to address in this week’s training, Payne added,

“Discipline, like I said there were far too many penalties and it just wasn’t good enough. It was a big game with plenty of people here and we just need to be better both individually and as a group. We’ll have a look at the video, review it and we’ll see where it went wrong.

“It’s all to play for and that’s what I said to the team, the ball is still in our court we’ve got three tough games now, with the top three teams in the league consecutively so we’re going to have to pull ourselves together and dig deep, but we’ll be up for it and it’s up to us to bounce back.

“York have beaten Toronto taking that approach and having self belief and that is a massive result and shows they shows no team is invincible. I’m sure Toronto will put in some big performances in the next few weeks, but it shows anyone can beat anyone on any given day and it’s up to us to try and get a couple of results out of these next few games.”

Thunder travel to Whitehaven for round two of the Kingstone Press League 1 Super 8s this Sunday, before facing Barrow Raiders at home on Saturday 12th August at 7pm.

Forming part of a triple header with union stable-mates Newcastle Falcons playing a pair of pre-season friendlies earlier in the day, tickets allow admission for all three games and are priced at £10 for adults and £5 for Under 16s.

Tickets can be booked by clicking here, calling 0871 2266060 or by visiting the Kingston Park Stadium box office.

Payne laments penalty problem.