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

Audit called for city’s aging power system

first_imgTwo Los Angeles city council members plan to ask their colleagues today to authorize an audit of the city’s aging power system, which buckled because of prolonged air conditioning use during the recent heat wave. Besides calling for an audit, the motions that Council members Eric Garcetti and Jan Perry plan to introduce also will seek a report from the Department of Water and Power on its response to blackouts and an analysis of the department’s energy efficiency programs. The department will also be asked to report to the council every month on its readiness to provide energy during an emergency. As temperatures reached triple digits last week, more than 29,000 DWP customers lost power, as did another 29,000 Southern California Edison customers. DWP customers were typically without power for 24 to 48 hours. Eighteen deaths believed to be heat-related were reported in Los Angeles County during that period of prolonged 100-plus-degree temperatures. “We have not seen the last heat wave here in Los Angeles,” Garcetti said. “We cannot continue to keep our heads in the sand. We need a system that keeps Angelenos safe and cool.” The City Council’s Energy and the Environment Committee, chaired by Perry, will hold a hearing on the issue tomorrow. “Last week, people were left without power for days waiting to hear when they could expect some relief from the extreme heat. It is obvious that we need to work together to find a better way to anticipate and prevent blackouts and create a better system by which people can access information in a timely manner,” Perry said. H. David Nahai, president of the city Water and Power Commission, said part of the problem is the city’s aging energy systems. “The city is more than welcome to conduct its own audit, but it’s absolutely clear that the infrastructure of the city is aging,” Nahai said. “When we were appointed by Mayor (Antonio) Villaraigosa, we conducted an inspection of the infrastructure of the DWP, and the result of that report was that the trends — as far as reliability is concerned — are in the wrong direction.” The department has proposed renovating its equipment and hiring 750 additional employees. To pay for that, the DWP wants a 6.2 percent water rate hike and a 9 percent power hike over the next two years. Those fee increases are subject to council approval, but Garcetti said he wants more information from the DWP before taking up the issue. Council members were particularly frustrated that DWP officials had assured them the department was prepared to handle energy demand during an emergency, Garcetti said. “The department looked us square in the eye and told us they were better prepared this year. We never expected perfection, but we didn’t expect as many people to be out this year as last year,” he said. Following a 2006 heat wave, 3,000 transformers were replaced and the agency contracted with private crews to help repair outages, Nahai said. “I think that the general manager genuinely believed that the steps that had been taken were sufficient,” he said. “It may be that they weren’t sufficient. But it is for this reason, and knowing that (there are) weaknesses in our infrastructure, that we have made all of these proposals in our budget with respect to renovating the infrastructure and pursuing energy conservation programs.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more