MATCH INSTRUCTIONS: Nambour’s James Boyce on the rampage against the Pirates.
MATCH INSTRUCTIONS: Nambour’s James Boyce on the rampage against the Pirates. Brett Wortman

Crushers given ultimatum by coach

JAMES Boyce says his side must improve or face "annihilation" at the hands of Kawana next week despite beating Noosa 40-6 on Saturday night.

Boyce, the captain-coach of the Nambour-based Crushers, was highly critical of his side's 58% (six-tackle) completion rate and said the contest was a lot closer than the score line suggested.

The Crushers started the game reasonably well to go into half- time up 20-6.

And in spite of putting another 20 points on the Pirates in the second stanza, Boyce said his charges must improve dramatically if they are to be any hope of competing with, letting alone beating, the reigning premier.

"They'll annihilate us if we only complete at 58%," he said.

"We dropped a lot of ball ... we need to do a lot more."

He said a 75% completion rate would be acceptable.

"I think that anything can happen on the day but we will see what happens."

The Crushers will focus much of this week's training on ball control after losing possession several times early in the tackle count.

Boyce said his side's woeful ball control would have to be eradicated if they were to be any hope of competing with the top sides.

"We have to keep to the structure more and focus on holding onto the ball when we are heading into a tackle," he said.

"That's where we lost (focus), because it was just getting jolted out and it's hard to tell if we would have scored more points had we held onto the ball.

"We lost ourselves in the middle of the second half as well and fell asleep and we can't afford to do that."

Boyce identified his prop Robbie Cordwell as best on ground after a solid effort in attack and defence.

"Cordwell played very well and he's only going to get better," he said.

"He just kept taking the ball up when we needed some strong carries coming out of our own half.

"He's reliable and you know you are always going to get a good effort out of him each week."

Kawana thumped Bribie Island 80-6, Maroochydore beat Caloundra 30-20 and Caboolture trounced Gympie 38-16.

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