News soon filtered through that Cogger would not return to the field despite passing his HIA, leaving Kieran Foran to run an attack which continues to splutter.
“It didn’t help (losing Cogger). Jack has obviously done a lot of our kicking and a lot of our organising,” Pay said. “But we have to be better than that.”
Lewis would have been the obvious choice to return to the team should Cogger not pass the necessary tests in the next six days but he was injured during the Bulldogs’ Canterbury Cup game on Sunday.
“I think it’s only a couple of weeks (that Lewis will miss),” Pay said. “It’s not as bad as what we first thought. He will get scans but that’s what we think.”
Their playmaker shortage aside, Canterbury continue to disappoint their loyal fans.
Basic mistakes were once again the theme throughout the 36-12 defeat to the Dragons. Their afternoon was summed up by dropped balls from Aiden Tolman and Jeremy Marshall-King as they tried to mount a second-half comeback.
For every step Pay’s side take forward, errors and a lack of polish in the opposition red zone are sending them hurtling back to reality.
“We go to training and the boys put in and their energy is good. We talk about it every week,” Pay said.
“We talk about making sure that our performances are getting better and better each week but obviously tonight is not what we were looking for.