It was a clanger that summed up North Queensland’s match – and possibly even their NRL season.
Kyle Feldt had the prospect to provide the Cowboys a confidence boosting 8-Zero lead over Sydney Roosters with a 29th minute penalty at level clean vary on Thursday evening.
Instead Feldt by some means hit the upright, the Roosters finally regained possession and went on to spark a run of eight unanswered tries in the match to seal a 42-16 romp in Townsville.
The Cowboys’ plight wasn’t helped once they misplaced star winger Valentine Holmes (ankle) for the second half.
But North Queensland coach Paul Green mentioned Feldt’s horror penalty try uncovered what his group lacked most – confidence.
“That was pretty costly. That was a big momentum shift,” he mentioned.
“When you are attempting to seek out confidence in a younger group it’s issues like that (that harm).
“We wanted to be extra resilient at that interval to get again into the sport.”
The Roosters made the Cowboys pay for the gaffe, overcoming an error riddled first half to launch a blitz that included six tries in 21 minutes.
“When one thing goes towards us as a group we have to be more durable mentally to have the ability to address that and get again into the sport,” Green mentioned.
“One attempt is shortly changing into two after which three.
“There is sort of just a few of us clocking off at occasions notably once we get below stress.
“It’s only a little bit of confidence, trusting in one another and trusting in the system.”
Asked how his group might regain confidence after their fifth loss in six video games, Green mentioned: “You cannot speak about it, you have to do it.
“So we have to work hard, be accountable, just fight a bit harder for each other when we are under a bit of pressure.”
Green mentioned gamers might additionally comply with the lead of prop Josh McGuire who ran 199m, nearly matching workaholic lock Jason Taumalolo (227m).
Green hinted at group modifications for subsequent week’s conflict with Penrith.
“There’s plenty of reasons for me to make changes in the team – we will just leave it at that for now,” he mentioned.
He wasn’t certain whether or not Holmes could be amongst these with Cowboys workers but to evaluate his troublesome ankle.
Holmes seemed in hassle in the primary half in his second recreation again from an ankle harm that had sidelined him for a fortnight.
“It’s too early to say. He got jammed up in a tackle. He had a sore ankle to start with (but) he got passed last week to play and pulled up good,” he mentioned.