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Dougall: "We need to learn our lesson"

10 November 2011

  • Handling errors led to downfall against league leaders says Dougall
  • Flanker eager to make amends against Yorkshire rivals
Rotherham's Sean Dougall

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Titans open side flanker Sean Dougall believes Rotherham will learn from the disappointment of defeat suffered last weekend at the hands of league leaders Cornish Pirates.

Rotherham made countless handling errors in Cornwall, but Dougall believes the team will be a better and stronger side because of the experience.

Dougall reflected back on the match and said: "We knew it was going to be a difficult game going to Cornish Pirates, it always is.

"We are all disappointed with the result and it was a bit of an anti climax because we thought we could get the result down there. But we just gave the ball away on far too many occasions and they were really good at keeping possession.

We need to learn our lessons – Dougall

"Maybe we were trying too hard, maybe we were too confident going in, I can’t really put my finger on what it was really. We tried off-loads that weren’t on, knock-ons that shouldn’t have happened and we made three or four mistakes and they scored off them. It wasn’t as if they broke the line, they scored off our mistakes.

"It wasn’t a game plan for us to play our way out of the 22. The boys spoke about that in the changing room after the match and we said we don’t know why we did that. We always clear our lines and especially against Pirates away... looking back it was just stupid really.

"But we are going to have days like that, we’re going to have off days when everything doesn’t go your way, whether that be the referee or the bounce of the ball. But we need to make sure that we come back from this quickly and be ready for the next game. We need to learn our lessons from the Pirates game and take those lessons into the Doncaster game. We won’t reflect on the negatives too long."

Titans next action is in the British & Irish Cup this Saturday, when they travel to Wales to take on Swansea, kick off 3pm.