Canterbury coach Trent Barrett hasn’t hid from his side’s woes after another humbling NRL loss, this time to the team that hadn’t won since they last met almost a year ago.
Brisbane scored 22 second-half points in the 24-0 loss to end a 13-game losing streak and take some pressure off new coach Kevin Walters on Saturday at Suncorp Stadium.
The battle of the competition’s two most out-of-form sides lived up to that reputation in a first-half Barrett labelled “dour” before the Broncos made them pay for their errors.
The Bulldogs had their chances, bombing a certain try when Adam Elliott and Kyle Flanagan couldn’t execute a simple two-on-one play to open the scoring in the first half.
They also enjoyed 59 per cent of the territory but were kept scoreless for the second straight game.
“I just thought our attack was ordinary, to say the least,” Barrett said.
“It’s the NRL, that’s the standard we expect when we do get down there to execute and we didn’t.
“Intent, hanging in and character for an hour but that’s a given in the NRL, there’s other things you need to do well … you can’t just win on effort alone.”
In a candid post-match press conference Barrett also conceded in the battle for highly-touted Brisbane backrower Brendan Piakura’s signature, after the 18-year-old had seemed destined to head to the Bulldogs.
“I think he’s going to stay in Brisbane … it did (look like he was coming to Canterbury) he’s a good young player and a good kid and I wish him all the best.”
Brisbane coach Walters, who on Friday hinted there was more good recruitment news on the way after retaining Jordan Riki mid-week, did his best to dismiss Barrett’s attempt to let the cat out of the bag about Piakura.
“I don’t know so until we hear that from Brendan, I won’t make any comment,” he said.
The Bulldogs next face South Sydney, who were impressive in defeating the Sydney Roosters on Friday night.
“They’re playing very well but it’s not going to matter who we play, to be honest, we need to fix our own backyard,” Barrett said.
“It’d be easy for me to throw everything out the window but we’ve just got to stick to the process and keep working hard.”