Thunder need to bring more confidence to games admits Payne

Newcastle Thunder head coach Jason Payne has praised his side following their 46-14 win over League One strugglers London Skolars but knows they lack confidence. 

The Thunder had a tough start to the game but a fast paced second half saw them pull comfortably away from the Skolars.

After the game Payne spoke about his sides lack of confidence, something that has been very noticeable in the last couple of rounds.

“It was a good win in the end, it was a slow start and I think that was a bit of a mirror image of how we have been in the last couple of weeks,” Payne told the Thunder. 

“In terms of being a bit low on confidence and not getting the results we’d like to be getting and that really told in that first half.

“Passes we would normally give we held on to, we were a little bit cautious and in turn we didn’t really create many opportunities, but as soon as we got back to doing what we do in the second, our back five carried the ball hard, our middles were direct and a halves steered us around the field and made good decisions and we looked a different team.”

Next up for Newcastle is a tough trip to the Keighley Cougars in a game that is a must win for the Thunder if they are to make the play off’s come the end of the season.

“It’s must-win, we’ve got to win six from six now otherwise it’s season over,” added Payne.

“I still believe that if we will get that last spot if we do that so that’s our mission, win six straight at all cost, performances are secondary and results are paramount.”

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