Sick of the losses, some walk out on Stingrays
AFTER watching his side get thrashed 84-0 yesterday by University of Queensland, Sunshine Coast Stingrays coach John Rangihuna said he might not have enough players to field a team next week.
Rangihuna said he had lost some players to injury and others had left on account of the side's poor form and position at the bottom of the Premier Rugby ladder.
"I got a text message from a player last week saying that he was sick of losing and was heading back to play for his (local) club," he said.
"After today's (match) we were sitting in the sheds and another player addressed the group and said he couldn't stand losing anymore and was returning to club rugby also.
"It's hard to hear, but at least he had the guts to tell his teammates to their face."
Disappointed to be scrounging for personnel, Rangihuna said he could not blame the players for choosing to leave.
"It's my job to find five rugby players this week who want to play Premier Rugby, but looking at how we are travelling, why would you want to play?" he said.
"I can understand it and it doesn't get much tougher than where we are at the moment, but we don't have much depth.
"The only alternative would be to walk away, but to be honest that would be even harder because we are representing the people of the Sunshine Coast and we are all hurting."
The Coast started reasonably well to stay with their opponents in the opening stages of the match, but it did not t take long for University's class to shine and the fourth-placed side scored 34 points in the first half.
It only got worse from there as University scored try after try to pour on another 50 points in the second half.
With University fielding five Queensland Reds squad members yesterday, Rangihuna said his side was simply outclassed.
"They had a heap of Reds players out there, which made life tough for us," he said.
"We were never a chance once they got going."
The Stingrays are yet to win after 12 rounds this season.
UNIVERSITY OF QLD 84 SUNSHINE COAST 0