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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

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Players 'should refund ticket price' after Hunslet cup shocker, says Whitehaven coach

Don Gailer called on his players to refund the price of admission to travelling fans last night after Whitehaven went down 34-18 in their Northern Rail Cup opener at Hunslet.

Don Gailer photo
Don Gailer

Haven were in line to pick up a bonus point against the Championship outfit until the closing moments when a wayward scrum base pass from young scrum-half Ben Karalius led to a Hawks try. And coach Gailer was an unhappy man after the final whistle.

“We gave away enough ball to lose three games,” he said. “I told the players I think they should dig in to their own pockets and give our supporters back their entrance fee.

“I’m that upset with them and that disappointed in them at the moment, because they let themselves down, they let the whole structure around them down, and all the work we have done for the last 12 weeks went crumbling out there, because we didn’t pay enough attention to the football.”

Gailer noted that Karalius earlier made a good break that led to a try but warned he must learn from his late blunder – quickly. He added: “In particular, I think the most experienced players out there really cost us.

“I thought Lee Doran was particularly poor. He dropped two balls and gave away a penalty early, and ran forward off a pass that should have resulted in the first try of the match.

“Andrew Beattie, another experienced player, missed a tackle point blank. It wasn’t only the kids who made mistakes out there. It was everyone.”

Gailer had gone in to the match expecting a big performance from his team after the impressive effort they had produced in training ahead of the cup clash.

“When we did hold it we competed equally with them,” he said. “But we put ourselves under pressure. You can’t tolerate that, and I won’t tolerate it.”

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