Lesson to be learned: Kirkby Lonsdale skipper Matt Hughes looks for Rams Reaction (From The Westmorland Gazette)
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Lesson to be learned: Kirkby Lonsdale skipper Matt Hughes looks for Rams Reaction
RAMS captain Matt Hughes hopes Kirkby Lonsdale can learn lessons from last weekend’s defeat at Warrington so the same mistakes are not replicated in upcoming games.
Despite running in four tries, the Underley Park club once again suffered late heartbreak as a last-gasp penalty denied Hughes and Co. a second victory in as many weeks.
And the second row forward, who scored his side’s opening try at Walton Lead Road, insists Kirkby were guilty of shooting themselves in the foot.
“Saturday was so frustrating because we were the better team throughout and had numerous chances but every time we made an opportunity for ourselves we gave away a stupid penalty,” he said.
“The defeat was entirely of our own making, we made life difficult for ourselves and it’s something we’ve been working on this week.
“If we’re honest we were probably a bit guilty of looking at the league table, seeing they had lost four games and thinking it was going to be an easy win after our success over Birkenhead Park.
“We didn’t take into account it was their first home game in front of a big crowd and we got what we deserved really.
“I’m hoping it will act as a bit of a wake-up call.”
Despite Kirkby only recording one victory from five outings so far this season, all games have been closely-fought affairs with small margins determining final outcomes.
And with Carlisle due at Underley Park this weekend, Hughes is keen to accentuate the positives of the season so far and focus on the Rams’ try-scoring ability.
“We’re scoring and have clocked up quite a few bonus points and even though we’re losing we’re finishing within seven points so we’re there or thereabouts,” he added.
“More often than not this season it’s been a case of two good teams going at it and we have just come out on the wrong end of the result.
“The Warrington game was a bit different but generally speaking we just have to hope the luck evens itself out over the course of the campaign and we get the right end of some.
“We’ll keep working hard as there are no easy games in this league and we need to give 100% every time, starting with Carlisle who are no mugs.”
Hughes also pointed to the performance of one of his fellow forwards and try-scorers on Saturday as further reason for optimism, together with the promising debut of their new Australian recruit.
“Johnas Thorsen put in a superb performance at the weekend, he covered some yards, scored a try and nearly had another,” he said.
“He is 40 next year but still runs around like a 20-year-old and Sam Latu had an impact. He looks hard to stop and we’re looking n to move him into centre this week from the wing so we’ll see how we go.”
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