Sydney Roosters captain James Tedesco didn’t hold back in his assessment of his side’s performance against the Panthers.
“It’s really hard to be captain and serve that up. It’s embarrassing. We have a lot to work on,” Tedesco told media after the match.
The Roosters were outplayed in just about every measurable statistic. They lost possession 59-41, and completed at just 68 per cent to the Panthers 90 per cent.
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The Roosters had only about half run metres, made 130 more tackles, and were on the wrong side of both the error and penalty count – albeit narrowly.
The 48-4 loss was their biggest since a 52-point drubbing at the hands of Souths in round 20 of the COVID-19 interrupted 2020 season.
“We pride ourselves on working hard for each other but the last two weeks, it just hasn’t been there,” Tedesco said.
“We aren’t resilient enough. As soon as they score a couple of tries, we just drop our heads and then it gets worse and worse. It’s pretty hard to swallow that.
“We are doing all the right things but our performances aren’t up to scratch.
“We have to have a look at ourselves individually, but we have to keep it internal. Only our team can solve it so we have to stay positive and think we’re a chance.”
Coach Trent Robinson said the Panthers gave his side “an incredible lesson”, before taking some responsibility for under preparing the side.
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“We are not moving for each other. Things like kick pressures, kick chases have fallen completely away.”
“You can talk about attack and defence, but you can talk about getting the team ready to play and ready to compete and I haven’t done that in the last two weeks.
“We got bitten pretty hard so that’s on me, so I have to make sure I get that right and turn it around pretty quickly.”
“In the middle of a competition, you never get too down because you get a chance to turn it around and we have to do it quickly.
“We have to find it less so in details but more in effort and attitude. We’ve got to get connected again.”
To compound the Roosters issues, prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves left the field after 16 minutes suffering a pectoral injury and did not return. Joey Manu was also removed from the ground in the second half with an ankle injury.
Neither are expected to play when the Roosters line up against the struggling Dragons next weekend.
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