Wests Tigers Head Coach Ivan Cleary was left disappointed by his side’s high error rate as a gritty Gold Coast Titans side emerged with a 30-12 win at Leichhardt Oval.
After conceding a heavy defeat in Round 15 to the Canberra Raiders, Wests Tigers chalked up 18 errors and eight penalties in the tough defeat this afternoon — leaving the Coach frustrated with the lack of composure shown in attack, especially when working the ball in to positive spaces.
“It’s very disappointing,” Cleary told reporters after the game. "We just couldn’t get any possession and the possession we did have, we’d give it back in good position.
"We just continually shot ourselves in the foot. You would have thought we could have corrected it at some point but we couldn’t. It never changed, and that was the really disappointing thing for me.
"You know, we’d make a half break but we weren’t prepared to take the tackle in many instances.
"You can go periods when you don’t have freedom in attack, but we got a bit of that today and we just couldn’t build any pressure on that or finish off a set when we were going well at times.
“We were looking for the quick fix throughout the day and you’re not going to win games like that.” Having lost eight of their last 10 matches following an incredible bright start to the season, Cleary conceded that the Round 17 bye was coming at a much-needed time for his side as they look to reassess their finals chances — currently sitting three wins outside the top eight with nine rounds still remaining.
“I think it’s fair to say we’re out of form and that’s been coming for a bit,” he said.
Very Unprofessional Team…