QUEANBEYAN Blues coach Adam Doyle has launched a blistering broadside at his underperforming squad after the side’s humiliating 58-18 loss to the seventh-placed Gungahlin Bulls last weekend.
Describing the defeat as “embarrassing” and one of the worst in the club’s history, Doyle slammed the Blues attitude in defence as last year’s grand finalists slumped to a fourth-straight defeat.
Coming off the back of a 22-16 defeat to the previously winless West Belconnen in round nine, Queanbeyan’s season seemed to have nowhere to go but up against competition strugglers Gungahlin.
But the Blues proved simply unwilling to put their bodies on the line in defence as the Bulls ran in 10 tries to four.
“It’s easy to say we could have done this, we could have done that but [the players] have been taught to tackle since they were six years old,” Doyle said.
“Some of the tries [Gungahlin] scored, they didn’t come from us not being set up in defence…it was just [players] missing one-on-one tackles and not wanting to make the tackle.
“It doesn’t matter who you play, we could have played an under-18s side and they would have beaten a few of our blokes on the weekend.
“It was a pretty embarrassing loss, one of the worst losses in the club’s whole history I’d say…so we’ve got to take a good look at ourselves from top to bottom.”
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