Saints’ two late tries not enough to find win against Dragons

Bathurst St Pat’s coach Greg Behan labelled ill-discipline as the killer in his side’s 32-30 loss to the Mudgee Dragons on Sunday.

The men in blue led the Red V 20-18 after 50 minutes before the Dragons laid on three unanswered tries, stretching the lead to an insurmountable point.

TWO POINTS SHY: Garry Reilly and St Pat's came up just short of a victory against the Mudgee Dragons. The visiting Saints lost 32-30 against the Dragons on Sunday afternoon. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

TWO POINTS SHY: Garry Reilly and St Pat's came up just short of a victory against the Mudgee Dragons. The visiting Saints lost 32-30 against the Dragons on Sunday afternoon. Photo: CHRIS SEABROOK

A pair of tries in the last two minutes somewhat salvaged things for the away side but the fact remains, St Pat’s keep letting themselves down.

“We let them out of their own end a number of times. It just came down to our discipline,” Behan said.

“We’ve come up against some quality sides but it’s disappointing that we’ve been in games all the way then lost at the end.

“Last week we lost by four, today we lost by two. It’s coming back onto us and what we’re doing is either winning or losing us games at the moment.”

St Pat’s played with a new halves combination on Sunday as Josh Howarth was shifted out of five eighth into the centres.

“I thought he had a good game there,” Behan said.

“What prompted the move was his ability as a ball runner rather than a ball distributor.

“He can run a good line and when he gets more settled into that role I think it’ll pay off.”

The disciplinary issue aren’t easily fixed but Behan said it comes down to attitude, coaching and training.

“It comes down to myself and the coaching staff,” Behan said.

“I need to fix things up at training.

We let them out of their own end a number of times.

Greg Behan

“If we pick these things up this week and go back to the culture we set in the pre-season, things should start to work out again.”

The tough tests keep rolling our for Behan’s boys as they will travel to Cowra for a round seven clash with the Magpies.

“We want to play the best teams so we just need to regroup, work out what’s going wrong and fix it.”