ORANGE Emus coach Andrew Logan has praised his side’s heart following the greens’ 32-18 derby loss to Orange City on Saturday, at the same time backing the Lions to secure back-to-back Blowes Clothing Cup titles.
“No question they can go all the way. They will go all the way,” Logan insisted following the clash at Endeavour Oval.
“We’ve seen the best sides in the comp - Parkes, Cowra and City - and we’ve given them all a bit of a shake but City is just a settled side. They don’t get rattled.”
Logan said as much in the lead up to the long-awaited second derby round of 2013.
Following a disappointing 35-22 loss at Pride Park in round one against the Lions, Emus threw caution to the wind in their 2013 swan song to stick with the defending champions for the better part of an hour.
With 25 minutes remaining, Simon Badgery barged over against a 13-man City to bring the margin back to 19-13.
But from there the visitors proved why they’re a side Logan labeled a “once in a generation” outfit prior to the game.
“We made two really critical errors that both led to tries and you just can’t give those sort of opportunities to a team as good as Orange City,” the mentor said after the 14-point defeat.
“They handled it well when they had two guys sin binned, and I thought perhaps two sin bins might have been a bit harsh, but they handled that well and, 10 minutes against 13 men, we didn’t handle that period.
“They got away from us and that’s what good sides do.”