Hasler: Errors to blame, not penalties

first_imgAfter starting brightly, the Bulldogs scored the opening try of the game through winger Marcelo Montoya and for the first 35 minutes were arguably the team with the greater share of momentum.But an error by Adam Elliott in the 32nd minute, a penalty against Josh Morris and a knock-on call against Morris as he lunged desperately to stop James Roberts from scoring gifted Brisbane territory and possession which they duly turned into two tries and a 10-point lead at half-time.The possession flow continued to run the way of the home side to start the second half but the Canterbury defence held firm until successive penalties for interference on players chasing kicks gave the home side the impetus with which to score three tries in the space of six minutes.Hasler wouldn’t be drawn on the impact of the penalties in what has become an ambiguous area, instead highlighting the errors prior to half-time that allowed Brisbane to gain the ascendancy.”We’re pretty disappointed with the outcome and the performance tonight,” Hasler said.”I thought we were really good early to be honest. I thought we got away to a good start but again we were probably our own worst enemies.”We just had the momentum our way and we had a couple of crucial errors which were momentum changers for us.”For much of the second half the Bulldogs resembled a boxer stuck on the ropes and holding on for dear life, Brisbane using the weight of possession nudging up near 80 per cent to pound away at the try-line until the opposition relented.Besides Josh Reynolds trying in vain to rein in an Anthony Milford kick the Bulldogs went 15 minutes without touching the ball, captain Aiden Tolman conceding the lack of possession had to eventually take its toll.”It was hard that start of the second half,” Tolman said.”I thought we started the first half really strong. We probably didn’t deserve to be two tries down that first half but we were and we had to come out and complete and we didn’t.”When you give any team that much possession in that field position sooner or later you’re going to crack.”On the back of the [9-4] penalty count, repeat sets that they got, they were too good tonight and they made us pay.”Like they did in their last start win against the Knights the Bulldogs made a late change to their starting team by shifting Moses Mbye into hooker, pushing Michael Lichaa back to the bench and promoting Matt Frawley into the halves.After playing five minutes against the Knights Lichaa only featured for eight minutes against the Broncos, Hasler still to decide how they will line up in future as the mathematicians are brought in to assess their finals hopes.”We’ll have a look at it,” Hasler said.”We just thought we’d mix it up a little bit. We started that way two weeks ago against Newcastle.”There were a couple of soft tries there but I thought our boys tried pretty hard for tonight. Their execution again let us down.”last_img read more

India probed over needles in Commonwealth Games village

first_imgMOST READ LATEST STORIES In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery Indian athletes were facing investigations on Saturday after the discovery of syringes in their accommodation at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.A cleaner at the athletes’ village tipped off authorities about the syringes, which will now be analyzed, Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) chief executive David Grevemberg said.ADVERTISEMENT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Batang Gilas arrives in China for Fiba U16 Asian Championship Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award He added: “If analytical evidence indicates it’s worth a follow-up, the CGF medical commission will follow these procedures as set out in the anti-doping standard.”Grevemberg refused to reveal whether athletes at the accommodation would undergo extra testing, stressing that the “element of surprise” was important in catching drug cheats.“Obviously, we don’t want athletes that are cheating on the field of play or in the Games,” he said.However, India team manager, Ajay Narang, denied the needles were anything to do with them, saying they were found inside a water bottle on a path outside.“One of my guys reported that to us. I had a look and could see these were syringes,” Narang told AFP.ADVERTISEMENT Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “As a good citizen, I immediately went to the Medical Commission office for analysis and disposal. We didn’t open the bottle at all.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He added that the Commonwealth Games has a “no-needles” policy for athletes — and “zero tolerance” for doping. The Games will open in Gold Coast on Wednesday.The Indian team denied any wrongdoing or that the syringes were even in their rooms.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“The CGF medical commission responded to a report from a cleaner of the presence of needles in the athletes’ accommodation in the Games village,” Grevemberg said.“Under the 2018 Commonwealth Games anti-doping standard, a no-needle policy applies to athletes for the entire Games period, unless under approved exemptions.”last_img read more