Green: We just have to break this losing habit

PUBLISHED: 09:34 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 15:41 11 May 2010

Royston 7 Old Streetonians 33 ROYSTON coach Kevin Green summed up his team s ­feelings, admitting that The Crows were simply beaten by a better side on Saturday. Green said: We played some good rugby in what was a very tough game. We were by no means ­ou

Royston 7 Old Streetonians 33

ROYSTON coach Kevin Green summed up his team's ­feelings, admitting that The Crows were simply beaten by a better side on Saturday.

Green said: "We played some good rugby in what was a very tough game. We were by no means ­outclassed, although at times the opposition were more tactically aware.

"We were just beaten by a better team - and there is no disgrace in that!

"We're not playing badly, it just seems the luck is not going our way, and the habit of losing is hard to break.

"However, I was pleased with our overall performance, and especially the performance of centre and try scorer Shaun McDermott, as well as Steve Patmore who had a storming game at prop."

The Streets broke through from a scrappy maul and went in between the posts to take a 7-0 lead, with the try easily converted.

However, Royston bounced straight back, and after a good spell of pressure Shaun Mc Dermott charged down a clearance before sprinting off and running in a well-taken try, with Jason Deards adding the conversion.

Then seconds before half time Streetonians broke away down the wing and after several key passes drove over in the corner to take a 12-7 lead into the break.

The second half was always going to be difficult for Royston, especially against the wind, and it was not long before the well-organised visitors began to turn the screw.

Streetonians forced Royston to commit players into the maul which created an easy overlap which resulted with another try for a 19-7 lead.

Once again Royston showed great composure, and fought back, keeping Streetonians in their own 22 for a 10-minute period.

But the Old Boys kept the ball tight and from a scrappy maul midway in the Royston half, the backs broke loose to take advantage of the lack of cover and ran in another easy try.

With little more than five minutes left, and with Streets pressuring the Royston line, Royston's woes were increased when they lost number 8 Scott Easy who was deemed to have made a high tackle and immediately red carded.

As a result Streetonians were able to run in a final converted try which enabled them to run out worthy winners.

Green said: "The individual skill is there, we just haven't gelled properly as a team which is mainly due to lack of commitment to training.

"If we don't train together, how can we be expected to play together as a team?

"Each week we are coming up against teams who are no better individually than we are, but play more cohesively as a team - and as a coach it is incredibly frustrating!

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