Hawks must work harder

Caruso says key to form reversal is simple

CLUB STALWART: Ben Kneebone will line up for his 100th senior match for the Rovers tomorrow. PHOTO: Luke Plummer

WANGARATTA Rovers coach Mick Caruso says his side must work harder to turn its form around and is hoping last week’s loss to Wodonga will “jolt” his side into action.

The Hawks looked far from the top five side they are against Wodonga, with the Bulldogs dominating the match on their way to a seven-goal win.

It might have been just their fourth loss of the year but the Hawks’ form in the past month has been anything but impressive.

Prior to their loss to the Bulldogs, the Hawks were lucky to hold on for wins against Wangaratta and Myrtleford while it needed a brilliant final quarter to sneak past bottom side Wodonga Raiders.

While a number of key players including Sam Caruso and Jamie Sheahan were missing, Mick Caruso said the key to playing well was simple.

“It’s about getting back to basics,” Caruso said.

“The bottom line is we need to work harder – there hasn’t been enough gut running.

“Guys are putting in an effort and then are just spectating.

“We need all our players running hard and when they come off for a blow they need to be exhausted – we haven’t had that lately.

“It comes down to hard work.”

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