Hawks: winning streak no fluke

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Five wins doesn't translate to a championship, just like one loss doesn't equate to a slump.

After avoiding defeat over the season's opening five rounds, the Wollongong Hawks suffered their first loss in last week's road duel with Sydney.

Some cynics believe Wollongong's early winning streak was essentially a mirage, that they had simply over-achieved.

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But the Hawks are confident they will be around for the long haul and plan on a more assertive performance in their next game.

Tomorrow night's home game is against the Cairns Taipans.

"You always want to be able to quickly rectify it by getting out there and playing a game as soon as possible," Wollongong captain Oscar Forman said.

"If someone had said at the start of the season that we'd win five of our first six games, you'd probably take that.

"We scored 100 versus Perth and I guess scoring 51 in our next game against Sydney was the counter for that.

"I don't think we should be too worried about it."

Forman said the Hawks didn't have to rack their brains trying to figure out where they went wrong in the match against the Kings.

"Offensively, we couldn't get in a groove," the 30-year-old forward said.

"We got frustrated because put-backs, layups, open shots - stuff we'd normally make - didn't drop.

"If we'd made just a few more of those, we probably would've been okay.

"You have to give Sydney credit because they played decent defence.

"They kind of pigeon-holed us to certain parts of our offence.

"They wouldn't let us get right through stuff or they'd take one or two things away.

"Keeping them to 65, that's a pretty good job, defensively. But it doesn't matter how good your defence is if you can't score, and scoring 51 is not going to win you a game.

"We should've been better and been able to make shots," Forman said.

The Hawks beat the Taipans by 10 in round two at Cairns. But they are taking nothing for granted.

"They're a team that's given us trouble in the past, through their defence," Forman said.

"They show very hard on the on-ball screen and they rotate early.

"That's something we need to prepare well for."

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