The Wellington Cowboys had a victory of 34/28 over the Nyngan Tigers yesterday.
Wellington coach Brian Johnson said it was a tough game and a credit to Wellington that they managed to keep Nyngan at 28.
He felt it was a good end result, but that the Cowboys didn’t play well enough.
“There was a lack of wanting to hold onto the ball and play our sets. We gave them far too much ball and I think it comes down to players’ selecting options and patterns,” he said.
“We’ve been having these conversations all year round. Hold onto the ball and do some grinding. Wellington teams don’t like to do grinding; they like to play flamboyantly and give difficult passes away.”
“If you give the ball up, give it up where it’s going to do the least damage.”
The Cowboys are still coming fifth on the ladder with some of the best players away every second week due to work commitments.
The next game against Macquarie, considered an aggressive side to play, will be a challenge without the full team.
“I think we will probably finish fifth, it’s a challenge Wellington has got to rise to,” Mr Johnson said.
Luke Healey played brilliantly according to Mr Johnson as well as Richard Peckham and props Ben McGreggor and Paul Black.
All of the Wellington grades won their games.