Kangaroos need to maintain discipline: Shaw


“I was actually pretty disappointed. I told the boys how disappointed I was with the free kicks,” Shaw said.

“We want to make sure we are a team that is hard at the ball, hard and fair and we showed signs of that last year.

“In the back half [of 2019] I thought we were one of the hardest teams in the comp and we did it the right way.  Tonight we probably got a bit loose in our discipline in that area. We will address that and I know the boys are really keen to keep up that identity.”

Shaw said he didn’t see the second quarter incident involving Williams and Richards but he was hopeful the result would be positive for the Kangaroos.

The Kangaroos were without five of their best players with skipper Jack Ziebell, midfielders Shaun Higgins and Jared Polec, forward Ben Brown and defender Robbie Tarrant all watching on.

Shaw said it gave him an opportunity to see players pressing for selection with recruit Josh Walker and emerging forward Nick Larkey impressing the coach with their effort.

Rhyce Shaw wants improved discipline from his Roos after their pre-season loss to the Bulldogs.Credit:Getty Images

He remains confident Ziebell would be right for round one although admitted there were no guarantees as he attempts to overcome calf issues that have interrupted his pre-season for a second consecutive season and he was hopeful all the senior players would be available.

“I am really comfortable with where they sit at the moment. I saw a couple of them training today which was really pleasing and we will see how that pans out,” Shaw said.


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