AG COLLEGE had a plethora of opportunities to put points on the board on Saturday, but couldn’t find the way to the line in going down to Leeton.
Five-eighth Tom Hobbs blew two try-scoring opportunities within two minutes late in the first half, but he wasn’t alone as Ag College struggled to hold the ball.
Captain Ben Leaper was left to rue his team’s inability to maintain possession in his return to the club.
After a year away with Canberra Royals, Leaper thought ball handling with something Ag College needs to improve on fast.
"The first game of the season is always hard and we knew they were going to be tough with a few new faces and what’s been going on in Leeton this week they had a lot to play for,” Leaper said.
“To out credit the structures we have been trying to put in place over the last couple of weeks were good, but I think ball retention really cost us and they capitalised on it."
With a number of try-scoring opportunities going down in either half Leaper thought if the ball stuck, the game would have been completely different.
“A few smarter decisions during the game and it could have been a different story, but we will go back to the drawing board and have a few things to work on before Griffith next week,” he said.
The premiers are coming off a first round win and Leaper believes his team will have their work cut out for them at Coro Club.
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