Caerphilly coach and former Welsh centre Mark Ring was disappointed with his team's application during last Saturday's heavy defeat at the hands of NEC Harlequins last weekend.
"It was disgraceful. We can make all the excuses that we can but we've just got to get on with what we have," said Ring.
"That's what are situation is. There's no point in making excuses like that. As long as the commitment is there and the hunger and the desire for 80 minutes, then that is all I can ask from the players. It was the first time this season that you've got to ask yourself a few serious questions."
"There will be a lot of hard studying of the video and looking for players that in my opinion are not really putting it all in for the rest of their team-mates, and if that is the case then together we need some of the guys giving me some advice and a different perspective."
"It is important that we nip these things in the bud as quick as we possibly can, and if we have to try and change personnel or our efforts and approach to our training schedule - so be it," continued the former Cardiff and Pontypool player.
With the return match only a few days away, Ring has a tough job just to instil some confidence in his charges who have been shell shocked in their last two games at their quaint Virginia Park ground in South Wales.
"The immediate reaction is that we've got Harlequins away from home, then Munster away from home on the following Friday night, then Newport away from home on the following Tuesday and then Neath at home on the Saturday."
"So it is not going to get an easier for us, but it's time now to front up. We've got a week to try and build-up moral in the dressing room, and basically the guys have got to be men and have a strong will and a desire to not to be going back to their place of work after the weekend and having people sniggering in dark corners of the room."
"The players, the committee, myself, the coaching staff, and everybody have really got to pull together and show our determination and our resolve to bounce back in the face of adversity. It's just a case of sticking together as a group and rolling our sleeves up," said the Caerphilly boss.
"I have to look at myself as well and ask myself am I doing the best I can for the team? We know the circumstances that we are in and I know that it is difficult and if I have to go out and work extra hours and do some individual stuff then I will be giving everything."
"But I am here for the duration," said Ring defiantly, who was nonetheless disappointed with his sides lack of fighting spirit.
"That's the saddest and biggest thing for me. Out of all the games we've played this season that is the one game that would have stuck out in your mind. We don't make it easy for ourselves. At half-time really we were still in the ball game, despite them putting points on the board."
"If you analysis the game properly, everytime we had the ball we turned it over, and everytime that they had the ball they went through people as if they weren't there."
"The technical stuff you can put right. You can look at the video and say okay this is a problem area for us, but if people are just jumping out of the way of tackles there is no excuse for that."
"At the end of the day I'll put somebody there who has got a bit more about them in terms of their attitude and the rest of the team."
"As regards to player turnovers these guys come up against strong physical guys in the tackle area who are highly committed and sometimes it is down to giving enough credit to the opposition that in the tackle area they are causing us to turn the ball over."
"But we've got to work harder on our technique, we've got to start running lower to the ground on our body position, and that is something else that we've got to work hard on. If we can't get any continuity into our game, then sides every time we turn the ball over are growing in confidence and they are running the ball from deep."
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