Ben Hunt has labelled St George Illawarra’s largest loss to Cronulla in 16 years as embarrassing, conceding it’ll put extra of a highlight on coach Anthony Griffin’s future.
Days after studying Griffin had been advised the membership have been canvassing their choices for subsequent 12 months, the Dragons put in a horror present to be crushed 40-8 by the Sharks on Sunday night.
In a woeful second half, the Dragons accomplished at 42 per cent and missed 25 tackles as they went from within the contest at 12-8 right down to effectively and actually crushed.
The Dragons dropped the ball of their second set of the half, and by no means actually regained the momentum of the match as Nicho Hynes placed on a masterclass.
Hunt admitted afterwards he felt sorry for the off-contract Griffin following the loss, with a call on his future prone to be made in coming months and hypothesis set to proceed.
“It’s extremely disappointing. It is not going to go away now,” Hunt mentioned.
“I assumed that second half was very embarrassing.
“I do not assume there could be a man in our aspect who thought they performed effectively within the second half. To dish that out in entrance of your property followers, it is not adequate.”
The Dragons have conceded 40 factors in two straight video games, with nearly all of the harm accomplished within the second half.
Hunt is adamant the scenario has not served as a distraction for the Dragons, who’ve missed the finals in each Griffins’ years on the membership.
The Saints’ halfback has been considered one of Griffin’s most vocal supporters, having come by means of the Brisbane system underneath him as an adolescent.
He urged the membership earlier this 12 months to not rush into a call on Griffin’s future, asking the membership to provide the coach the complete season to show his credentials.
Requested for his response to the actual fact the membership will decide sooner and was already contemplating their choices, the Dragons captain mentioned: “It is disappointing.
“We’ve got to play some good footy. That is all it comes down.
“He is not the one out on the sphere. We are the ones lacking tackles within the second half.”
Hunt additionally indicated his disappointment that the scenario had develop into public, after Griffin was advised within the pre-season of his predicament.
The coach himself signalled his frustration over the leak in a press convention on Saturday, telling reporters questions over his future ought to be directed to the supply of the story.
“Ideally, you desire to every part to remain in-house, however it would not occur in rugby league,” Hunt mentioned on Sunday.
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