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Marine coach frustrated after defeat
SUPERMARINE coach Sean Millwaters felt his side’s momentum was truncated by some “surprising” refereeing decisions in the 7-6 defeat to Devizes 2nds on Saturday.
Marine suffered their first loss of the Dorset & Wilts 1 North campaign at the weekend, despite Millwaters feeling the away team were the better side on the day.
And the visiting coach explained how he and his players were left frustrated by some of the officiating at the Chivers Ground.
“We had the momentum and I think some surprising decisions curtailed our momentum on a number of occasions,” he told the Advertiser.
“We started the game well and went 3-0 up before it went 7-3 to Devizes, and we got it back to 7-6 at half-time.
“The players came off feeling they had not been allowed to play expansive rugby and that when they did get into some momentum they were stopped, and not by Devizes.”
Millwaters did not heap credit for the defeat entirely on the referee, however, as he lamented his side’s habit of falling back into what he describes as a “lazy” style of rugby.
“We played five-minute patches of the rugby that we’re looking to play and we ripped them apart,” he said.
“We’ve got to believe in this rugby because in this league it is the kind of rugby that will win games. It’s the same rugby that we had played against us in the league above last year.
“We were disappointed and that show we care.
“Going in at half-time I was comfortable and was quite happy with where we were. But we kept dropping back into the kind of lazy rugby that we’re trying to get rid of.
“It’s not the kind of rugby we want to be playing but we’re losing concentration and going back to that old style.”
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