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Lang opting for softly-softly approach

Ian McCullough 21/03/2011 02:25:23 PM Comments (0)

Greg Inglis has revealed South Sydney coach John Lang opted for a softly-softly approach in the wake of the team's second successive NRL defeat on Sunday.

The veteran coach was pictured exploding with rage at his players during the halftime interval in Souths defeat by the Sydney Roosters in the opening game of the season.

But after letting slip a second-half lead once again against the Bulldogs on Sunday, to lose 28-19, Inglis said Lang refused to put the boot in.

"Langy was pretty quiet after the game, it was more of a heart to heart, at halftime we were going well, but after the game what he said was more subtle," Inglis said.

Lang will leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires, with the likes of Wayne Bennett, Tim Sheens and Daniel Anderson all linked with the job. Inglis said the players are not thinking about who will be in charge next year.

"Langy is not going anywhere this year and he is our coach, we are not thinking about him leaving or anyone else coming in, we are two games into the season and he is our coach and all respect him," he said.

"I don't know if it is a team thing or individually, but I am 100 per cent confident Langy and the coaching staff will go back and have a look at it this week and we will be right to face Parramatta."

Inglis' comments were echoed by rookie backrower David Tyrell, who impressed against Canterbury in his first game of the season, in place of the injured Sam Burgess.

"We all like Langy and are working hard for him, I am not too sure why we are struggling a bit at the moment, but we feel we are not too far away from a win, and getting better," Tyrell said.

"We have been flogged in pre-season so there is no questions about our fitness, we just need to start taking advantage of our winning positions and build on them."

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