Bowral captain Tim Small has conceded his team didn't make the most of their opportunities in Saturday's preliminary final loss to Shamrocks.
Leading 19-7 at halftime, the Blacks had the chance to kick clear of their rivals early in the second half, however a turnover led to a long-range Shamrocks try and Bowral were on the back foot for the rest of the match.
Small conceded the moment was a turning point, however he said his team had a number of chances to halt the Shamrocks blitz.
"It would've been nice to go one more and get another grand final to back up last year," Small said.
"They probably managed the wind a little better. We had our opportunities, we just didn't capitalise at the right times, at the end of the day that was the difference.
"If we had've scored at the start of the second half, we probably take a bit of a boost and maybe go on with it. But against the wind, we couldn't capitalise and that deflated us a little bit."
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