Both coaches pour scorn on match

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The inability to realise the sorts of tactics needed to subdue such a lowly opponent as last-placed Otago was disappointing to him.

During the first half the desire to run kicks back at Otago from deep in their own territory and attempting to move the ball too far out had given Otago hope, and it scored its only try from a breakdown.

The difference with the previous week's solid victory over Counties Manukau was that pressure had been imposed, but in the opposition's 22m area. But on Sunday the side had been in the middle of the part and it just kept making the same mistakes.

"It was tough viewing, it was a horrible second half. Both sides, you can't make errors like that at this level, it's not acceptable.

"We were horrible to be quite honest. Yeah, we scored a couple of good tries but we've got to be better than that."

With the semi-finals only a fortnight away Anscombe was worried.

"We just seemed a little flat, we had times to put them away but we just didn't have that bite in our game. It showed in the first few contacts of the game, there wasn't that bite to want to dominate them, take charge of what we needed to do and set the platform up front," he said.

Beleaguered Otago coach Phil Mooney was of a similar view but he said the consequence was far worse for his side.

"Auckland achieved what they had to but it was extremely disappointing from our end.

What made it worse for Otago, he said, was that it too often conceded back-to-back turnovers.

"And while they tried their best not to put us away they were better than us. We really hurt ourselves and put ourselves under far too much pressure," he said.

The challenge now was for the side to avoid the wooden spoon when hosting Manawatu at Carisbrook next week.

Mooney was also dismissive of the distraction of Super 15 contracts of his side saying they were 'delusional' if they were thinking of that.