Trent Robinson denies Roosters’ slow starts are an issue despite second-straight loss

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Trent Robinson has claimed his side’s struggles can’t be assigned to their slow starts or the scoreboard pressure they have been put under in the last month, despite suffering a second-straight defeat against the Bulldogs. 

“I don’t feel like we’ve felt the scoreboard pressure in any of the games,” he said.

“I don’t feel like it’s played a part in any of the games. The pressure was more on us trying to nail what we talked about during the week.”

However the Roosters trailed at half-time once again – just as they did against St George Illawarra -as the Bulldogs notched two tries to establish a 10-4 lead at half-time.

“We gave a start away from poor marker play with Josh [Addo-Carr] there and he sneaks over. And then, the intercept,” Robinson said. 

“We didn’t get a rhythm from thereon in.”

Robinson was happy with the Roosters’ effort and discipline, while also highlighting his team’s defence as one of their strong points.

“We haven’t had many tries scored against us, but they have been in the first ten or 15 minutes,” he said. 

“We’ve had enough ball in most of our games to really pull apart a team and it’s just not there yet.”

Roosters captain James Tedesco cut a dejected figure in the press conference, as the side were unable to claw their way back from a half-time deficit for the second straight week.

“Those two soft tries were disappointing. We were on the back foot from the start,” he said. 

“In the second half, it felt like we were rolling- keeping them inside their own half. We had opportunities- it was similar to last week.

“It’s not a good feeling out there, at the moment.”

Robinson was confident that he would soon be able to turn around the fortunes of his side, which slipped to a 4-4 record to begin the season.

“I haven’t found the key to put them together yet, but I’ve got to find a way. It’s the coach’s role to get these guys [firing].”

Roosters had plenty of opportunity to turn around the game, but couldn’t execute their plays. The lack of involvement from star centre, Joey Manu, was particularly telling as they favoured the left side when in good ball position.

“We ended leaning left a little too much tonight,” Robinson said.

“We can’t have a game where Joey doesn’t touch the ball often.”

Yet the Roosters coach was adamant that despite his side’s recent struggles, they would be able to turn around their attacking woes in the coming weeks.

“It’s not months and months [to fix]. Attack turns around quicker than defence,” he said. 

“We see it, we’re just not nailing it. So, it’s frustrating for us. But it’s not far away.”

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