Sport NRL 2020: Cowboys coach Josh Hannay believes side needs to 'grow up' after narrow loss to Raiders

14:26  01 august  2020
14:26  01 august  2020 Source:   sportingnews.com

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North Queensland Cowboys coach Josh Hannay believes that it's time for his side to 'grow up' after their narrow 14-12 loss to the Canberra Raiders.

In his second game in charge since taking over from Paul Green, the Cowboys failed to close out the game, failing to their fifth straight loss.

When asked about the performance post-game, Hannay revealed that he was left 'torn' by what his side threw up, impressed at their effort whilst criticising their lack of execution in big moments.

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“I’m pretty torn tonight as a coach,” Hannay said post-match.

“We saw signs of the type of team that I want to see out there but we just keep shooting ourselves in the foot.

“So one part of me is immensely proud and the other is immensely frustrated and angry."

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Whilst the Cowboys were missing big-name players such as Valentine Holmes and Michael Morgan, Hannay was refusing to accept these absences as an excuse, suggesting that individuals need to step up if they wish to turn around their poor run of form.

“At some point as a footballer no matter what level of experience you are, you need to grow up and do your job in big moments particularly," he believes.

“That’s three week’s straight I would say that our effort has been first-class but inexperience, individuals not doing their job when the game comes their way,

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“I thought there was some moments out there where some of our younger players didn't do their job.

“For the most part, they all did spectacularly well but you’ve got to do it for 80 minutes, you cant do it for 60-70 against a quality opposition like the Canberra Raiders.”

The Cowboys will be sweating on the fitness of John Asiata ahead of next week's clash against the Titans, with the side forced to play with 12 men towards the back-end of the game after he suffered a knee injury.

Whilst the 27-year-old would miraculously return to the field, Hannay admitted that he was unsure about the severity of the injury.

"I really don't know at the moment," he said on Asiata.

"He's back in the sheds and I guess it's a good sign that he was able to go back out and I thanked him for that effort,

"But at this stage, it would be too early to tell the severity at this stage."

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