Wolves pay dearly for early clock-off

Wolves' Samuel Matthews grapples with Jonathan Castano-Acero of the Saints on Sunday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

Wolves' Samuel Matthews grapples with Jonathan Castano-Acero of the Saints on Sunday. Picture: ANDY ZAKELI

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Wolves coach Nahuel Arrarte labelled his side's performance in a 2-0 loss to St George on Sunday at the "worst" he has seen since he came on board midway through the campaign.

South Coast were far from their best and were made to pay for a sloppy second half on two occasions by the visitors.

Juan Chavez opened the scoring in the 60th minute for the Saints before David Dascal sealed the result with less than 10 minutes remaining.

Chavez had the opportunity to give St George the lead just before half-time, but his one-on-one attempt struck the post.

But the Saints' skipper made no mistake in the second half when shown an open goal after Aleks Jovovic's deep run into the Wolves box.

Dascal ensured the visitors would take home the points with an 82nd minute header.

"It was nothing like the team that has been turning up week in, week out for the last 12 weeks," Arrarte said.

"I suppose that is the most disappointing thing because we base our game around hard work and working for one another and we let ourselves down."

Other than Chavez's late effort, the Wolves did create the majority of the chances in the first half.

Peter Simonoski drew two fine saves from Saints keeper Dion Shaw and the custodian did well to parry a Sam Matthews thunderbolt.

But after the half-time whistle the Wolves clocked off and were made to pay.

"We didn't play the full 90 minutes, that was the most disappointing thing," Arrarte said.

"Second half we were completely outplayed and I suppose not from a footballing perspective but from a hunger and determination perspective. That is what hurts the most."

The result breathes new life into the relegation scrap after St George picked up Club Championship points in both first grade and under 20s.

Saints had been bottom of the club ladder by 30 points heading into the weekend but significantly will halve the points difference with the good results.

South Coast Wolves were 43 points clear of St George and 13 of eleventh-placed Marconi and meet the Stallions next week.

"Now we have made it hard for ourselves and we only have ourselves to blame," Arrarte said.

"We will head back to the training paddock and work on a few things."

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