A DISAPPOINTED Wauchope coach Anthony Boyd used the S word when talking about his side's 29-22 loss to Old Bar in the Group Three Rugby League game at a windy Old Bar Reserve.
"It's three games now and we've had two losses and a draw. So maybe we are in a bit of a slump,'' Boyd admitted.
"We've got five or six weeks to go before the finals and we've got to knuckle down. We have some soul searching to do.''
Boyd admitted the Blues were out-enthused by the Pirates.
"Today especially the attitude was really poor. We had no ball control, we were poor in D and around the ruck,'' he said.
"We were on the back foot the whole day. It was probably rates with the Taree game for our worst performance of the year to tell the truth.
"Last week against Wingham, even though we didn't get the two points, I thought we competed pretty well and I thought we were pretty good.
"I was hoping for a lot better performance today than what we produced.''
Wauchope led 16-12 at halftime and scored two relatively soft tries in the first half.
"But even when we scored those tries I thought we were poor,'' Boyd said.
"We dropped our first four sets we had with the ball.
"I'm disappointed. Now we have to get down and do some work and hopefully come out at the other side positively.''
He said the Blues do have players coming back from injury.
"But they've been out long term so they're going to need time to get some running into their legs.
"Hopefully we'll be able to get our full squad back on deck in the next few weeks and start firing in time for the finals.''
Boyd said the Blues face a torrid few weeks.
"We play (Port City) Breakers, then the (Port) Sharks and then Macleay,'' he said.
"That's why dropping today's game is very disappointing. Now we have to get up for the local derbies.''