HALIFAX coach Matt Calland branded some of his players as “lazy” in the aftermath of last night’s 47-36 Co-operative Championship loss at Widnes.
Calland’s Grand Final winners lost their fifth successive league game after a shocking defensive effort, conceding a nine-minute hat trick to Widnes’ young full back Danny Hulme and leaking seven tries before the break alone.
They eventually claimed a bonus point courtesy of Dylan Nash’s late score, his second of the game, although that could not even begin to paper over the cracks.
“It was pretty humiliating to be honest, probably one of the worst performances since I have been at the club,” fumed Calland.
“As far as desire and determination goes, we had zilch.
“We only wanted to play when we had the ball in our hands.
“I don’t actually think that Widnes are that great but they were far better than us.
“They scored, we scored, and I still think we could have come back into it if we had played just a little bit smarter.
“But we had too many people being lazy, too many people not wanting it enough.
“People are saying the right things but they’re not putting those words into action.
“I won’t stand for it and there will be consequences after that performance.
“There will be players dropped and they are going to have to work very hard to get back into the team.”
And for the first time during his side’s current form slump, Calland admitted he could begin to look for solutions from outside his existing squad.
“I am talking about bringing people in now,” said Calland, whose side now host Dewsbury at the Shay on Monday.
“If I can find players that are young, enthusiastic and have that desire that we are lacking, then I will do.
“This is certainly the biggest test of my coaching career.
“These are challenging times and I am going to challenge myself and come through this.
“I hope the players are going to do the same.
“There needs to be drastic changes in the way we apply ourselves.”