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Roosters lacking confidence, admits Ryles

Ian McCullough 03/06/2011 11:57:09 AM Comments (0)

Jason Ryles admits Sydney Roosters are facing a crisis of confidence as a result of their awful start to the NRL season.

The 2010 grand finalists have lost six of their past seven games and, at the halfway point of the campaign, sit in 13th spot on the ladder after scoring fewer points than any other team.

Senior players, including Ryles and skipper Braith Anasta, led a truth session among the squad this week to try to shake the team out of their current malaise, which threatened to send their season out of control.

The Roosters struggled badly in Townsville last Saturday, turning over the ball with alarming regularity against North Queensland in their 20-6 defeat, and finished the game with a completion rate of under 50 per cent.

"It is really hard to put your finger on what has gone wrong this season, but there is no doubt about it, we are struggling a bit at the moment," Ryles said.

"There is a bit of a lack of confidence about us, which happens when you are not winning, but I think we just need to go back to basics and get the little things right and, once we do that, we can get back to playing as well as we did last year."

The Roosters on Saturday face an in-form Warriors side who have won their past five games at the Sydney Football Stadium.

The former NSW prop conceded it was a game they had to win.

"They are going real well at the moment, the Warriors, and it will be tough, but we have trained really well this week, and I know that probably sounds really cliched, but there does seem to be a bit of a lift among the boys in training this week," he said.

"We know we have good players here and, once we click again, I really think we can get back to where we want to be but, without doubt, we need to win on Saturday."

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