Undermanned Falcons decimated by rampant Easts outfit
May
25
2015
RUGBY LEAGUE: The Sunshine Coast Falcons paid the price for being without a host of NRL talent in their 60-12 annihilation to Easts yesterday in Brisbane.

The Falcons were without injured Storm players Hymel Hunt and Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, with their Melbourne teammates Jesse Bromwich, Nelson Asofa-Solomona and Suliasi Vunivalu all recalled to the NRL squad for the Origin period.

On top of that, the Coast was without star No.6 Ben Hampton, who was unavailable due to suspension, making the Falcons resemble more of a local league outfit than an Intrust Super Cup team.

Making their task even harder was the fact that Easts, which is also a Melbourne feeder club, fielded a full-strength side.

It marked the Falcons' fourth-straight loss with coach Glen Dreger admitting his side was desperate to re-enter the winners' circle against the Central Capras this week.

"We need to get out of this rut and get a win," Dreger said.

"We will get ready for the Capras next week, but it is disappointing," he said.

The Falcons have now had 145 points (including 27 tries) scored against them in their past three games.

To say their defence has been woeful would be an understatement.

Dreger said even without their NRL players, his side's inability to make simple on-on-one tackles could not be excused.

"Our edges were very poor defensively," he said.

"The boys have to be better than that."

The Falcons will have to find a way to win without their stars with the NRL contingent set to be unavailable for an extended period.

That starts on Saturday when the Falcons travel to Rockhampton as they aim to kick-start their season again.

And even though his team had 13 tries put on it yesterday, Dreger said there were still positives to take from the game.

"Our start to the game was good and we were unlucky not to post points," he said.

"We started really well in the second half too.

"All we can do is look for positive signs and we spoke about that after the game."

Storm Under-20 player Jake Turpin made a fair debut at halfback, with Davis Oaks and Mboya Adams also turning in strong performances.

"We need to improve and we will keep working," Dreger said.

 http://www.sunshinecoastdaily.com.au/news/undermanned-coast-falters-decimated-falcons-buried/2649066/

Courtesy of Sunshine Coast Daily

 

 

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