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Bulls coach riled by lack of commitment from players

After suffering a narrow defeat on Saturday, Shepparton Bulls coach Warren Johnson had a stinging assessment of some of his players.

OLIVER CAFFREY May 14, 2014 3:15am

Not good enough.

That is the stinging assessment from Shepparton Bulls coach Warren Johnston after a hugely disappointing weekend for the second division A-grade team.

The Bulls lost their third consecutive game after going down to bottom-side Geelong by two points on Saturday.

The performance of the 15 players that took the field was brave, but it was the attitude of club members that didn’t make the trip to Geelong that frustrated Johnston.

‘‘We really scratched a team together to go to Geelong, we actually had juniors and guys out there that don’t have much experience and shouldn’t be playing 80 minutes, let alone a full half of senior rugby just yet,’’ Johnston said.

‘‘Some guys had injuries and had to work, but the majority of the boys that didn’t make the trip had no excuses and the attitude of those guys was pretty ordinary.

‘‘It’s easy to offer excuses sometimes, but this week there are none and the guys that didn’t help out have got to ask themselves if they are actually committed to the club.

‘‘The effort on the field was good, but we were up against it from the first minute missing nearly half the team.

‘‘We’ve just lost to the worst team in the league and we have to realise that.’’

The Bulls stayed close with their opponents all afternoon, but ultimately fell short of an against-the-odds victory.

Right flanker Moronae Silaga scored two tries to further confirm his status as one of the Bulls’ most important players.

Jacob Gaffey and prop Sam Tauai were important contributors, while flyer Eliki Danford set-up a try in the final minutes in a promising display.

‘‘The effort the boys put in on the field was good considering their fitness levels and experience,’’ Johnston said.

‘‘We were right in it all the way through, it was pretty even at half-time when they were up by two points.

‘‘We scored two late tries which was pleasing to hang in there until the end.’’

After consecutive away trips, the Bulls are back in Shepparton on Saturday when they take on third-placed Northern.

The game is scheduled for 3.10pm at Vibert Reserve.

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