Coach slams team's weekend performance
MACKAY Cutters' coach Steve Sheppard labelled his side's performance against the Tweed Heads Seagulls "embarrassing", after slumping to a 56-24 loss at home at BB Print Stadium on Saturday.
Facing the resurgent Seagulls, who've gone from Intrust Super Cup whipping boys to a rising force, the Cutters were completely outplayed and had no answers, leaving Sheppard to question his side's mental approach.
"I'm disappointed, frustrated... we didn't fight one little bit and that's disappointing," Sheppard said.
"We think we're a chance every week, but to be honest, that performance was pretty pathetic; it's embarrassing."
Converting eight of nine tries, Seagulls' Lindon McGrady was representative of the new-look Seagulls' poise, with the side controlling the Anzac Day round match from the outset.
Leading 30-6 at half-time, the Seagulls piled on four second-half tries. Things could have gotten ugly for the Cutters, but three tries to Nathan Saumalu, Mitchell Dunn and Jayden Hodges in the last 10 minutes of the match reduced the final margin to 28 points.
Not taking any solace in the mini comeback, Sheppard said the club would have to work to try and turn their season around.
"We were shot... we had no confidence, no belief, and footy can do that sometimes, but it's up to me and the boys to come up with the reason to change that," he said.
"Our skill level is down, but the majority of what's happening (is mental)... we're mentally shot and (have) no belief or go in us at the moment.
"We just had a good chat in there (post game), but it's too late... I think that's the problem, we do too much talking and don't let our actions do the talking. You need to play for your mates and we're just not doing that.
"So we'll have a look and try to come up with some answers."
Cutters' captain Tom Murphy insists his playing group remained united, despite the loss being his side's second heavy defeat in succession.
"As a playing group, we're working hard and putting in the kilometres, but on game day we're not delivering," Murphy said.
"We'll go back to drawing board, but as a group we're strong together... we have good friendships and morale; obviously when you're losing it makes it harder to turn up on Monday, but that will be our biggest day of the week now."
Acknowledging the side was in a "pretty tough position" at the bottom of the Intrust Super Cup ladder, Murphy said it was the players' responsibility to turn things around.
"When you're in these holes, as a playing group, you need to get yourselves, out. We're not showing Pup (Sheppard), fans, sponsors or the community what the Cutters should be and what we are," he said.
"When the bounce isn't going your way you need to show the tenacity to get yourself out and unfortunately, we're not at the moment."
The Cutters now travel to Brisbane to meet second-placed Norths on Saturday.