Pirates slip in form is costly
PEAK Downs Pirates coach Mitch Wyatte said there was no excuse for his side's poor performance against the Emerald Cowboys at the weekend.
Beaten 46-20 by the Cowboys at McIndoe Park, the Pirates appeared out of sync and well below their best.
"We just played terrible," Wyatte said.
"We didn't have much ball and we copped a fair few penalties.
"But full credit to the Cowboys. We still took away a really good side, we just didn't turn up to play."
He credited Pirates winger and try-scorer Mitch Wynn as one of their best on the night.
Discipline was key for the Cowboys and the ball handling was exceptional, according to the club's vice president James Verzeletti.
As the Pirates' playing ranks slowly start to filter back, Wyatte said a change in attitude was necessary to keep their season hopes alive this year.
"Even though we're third (on the ladder) all teams are really close," he said.
"We'll need to string some wins together if we want to stay in finals contention."