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Jason Demetriou press conference, video, South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Brisbane Broncos, errors, stats

A “bitterly disappointed” Jason Demetriou delivered a brutal truth after an “embarrassing” 36-20 loss to the Broncos.

The Rabbitohs coach said he “had blokes that weren’t good teammates” and “there was too many (players) that weren’t even close to rating what is an acceptable level at NRL.”

South Sydney went into the halftime break up two point but were blown away in an 11-minute period in the second half where Brisbane scored three tries.

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They finished the game with 15 errors and a 66 per cent completion rate after what was an off night for several of their star players.

“Obviously bitterly disappointed,” Demetriou said when asked about the game.

“I thought at 14-12 we probably earnt the right to stay in the contest, but from the moment Tom dropped the ball off the scrum it just goes pear-shaped from there.

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“Our execution, our attack was poor. That led to a lot of errors, brought some fatigue into the game… But really disappointed with that last 30 minutes.

“I didn’t think we were up for the physicality. I don’t think we came to the game with a defensive, physical side to us and that generally leads to trying to play loose, trying to score every time we touch the ball and not respecting that.

“It was pretty embarrassing by the end.”

The Rabbitohs have now conceded 30 points or more in four of their last five games.

Demetriou said their completion rate was “going to put any defence under pressure” but admitted “it’s attitude and tonight’s attitude was poor.”

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“There were points where we wanted to fight and blokes like Jai Arrow were absolutely ripping in out there and giving everything for his teammates,” Demetriou added.

“But we had blokes that weren’t good teammates tonight. There was too many of them that weren’t even close to rating what is an acceptable level at NRL.

“That’s our job during the week, to find out why and fix it — and fix it quick.

“We weren’t one team out there, we were a group of individuals looking at excuses, finger-pointing and blame. We’ve got to come together and look inward — myself, all the staff, the players — we’ve got to come together and get this back on track.”

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Demetriou can, however, take a bit of confidence out of the Bunnies’ 28-6 win over the Warriors in Round 18, which he believes was possibly their best game of the season.

“That’s probably the thing that’s not got me worried too much,” he said.

“I’m obviously not happy with the points we’re leaking but at the same time a few weeks ago when we go to New Zealand we have great defensive resolve. That’s come down to an attitude.”

When asked if the issues are quick fixes, he said: “I think so, but they’re quick fixes between the ears — that’s where the fix needs to come from. It needs to come from individual accountability and then bringing that together in a team performance.”

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