GREATER Western Victoria Rebels coach Gerard FitzGerald says his charges must address costly lapses if they’re to claim some scalps in the run to the end of the TAC Cup season.
The Rebels put in an improved performance from last week, taking the challenge up to ladder leaders Oakleigh Chargers for a half on Sunday, trailing by just four points at the main break.
But a big drop off in the third term saw them slip to 52 points in arrears, going on to lose 7.7 (49) to 14.13 (97).
“The issue we’ve got is just to continue to play our best for longer,” FitzGerald said.
“We can show that we can match it with them (the top teams) for half a game, but just the issue around why we drop off we’ve got to solve.”
Portland product Keegan Gray picked up 18 disposals, took six marks and laid four tackles. Terang Mortlake’s Scotty Carlin was another solid contributor and finished with 16 touches, six marks and three tackles.