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Rule rues Roos’ conversion rate

Kalgoorlie coach Colin Rule yesterday lamented his squad’s inefficiency in the wake of last Saturday’s preliminary final loss to Boulder.

The Roos were in the match for three quarters, but fell away in the last term as Boulder cruised to a 25-point win.

“It was a scrappy game and not the cleanest football going around, but they (Boulder) were too good for us,” Rule said.

“They had too much firepower and we had our chances but again, couldn’t convert.

“At stages, we had control but we’re just not good at kicking goals.

“We had a crack and didn’t give up, which was a positive.”

Kalgoorlie’s ability to finish over the top of opposition teams was a strength in the second half of the season.

But it deserted them against Boulder, who piled on 4.5 after leading by just three points at the final change.

“That (fitness) had been our strength, but we did go away a little bit from what we normally do,” Rule said.

“In hindsight, that hurt us — as far as rotating our midfielders on the ground a lot more.

“Without giving them that rest, on a hot day, it caused some fatigue late in the game.”

Kalgoorlie finished the qualifying series in third place with 10 wins before beating Railways in the first semifinal.

Rule, however, said it had not been a successful campaign.

“That (claiming a successful season) would be a cop-out,” he said. “We improved as a club, but what we set out to do, we didn’t do.

“Based on that, it can’t be a pass mark but a fail.”

For Rule, 2018 was a return to familiar territory after guiding the Roos’ league squad to the 2013 flag.

He said his second tenure as a senior coach had been guided by a more relaxed approach.

“I’ve enjoyed it, but I’m probably more mellow and not as scary as I used to be,” he said.

“We have a lot of senior players and I brought them in to have input into how we play and move the ball.

“They’re invested and the younger players are on board, too.

“I’ve enjoyed being back, with another year to go.

“I did say two years and unless the club say they’re not happy with what I’ve done, then I’ll go around one more year. We’ll definitely be looking at where we failed this year and set the bar higher again.” It was too early to tell, but Rule hoped to retain the core of his 2018 squad.

“Of a squad of 35, you generally lose six, seven or possibly eight,” he said.

“Whether they’re the lower-tier players or your front liners, you’re still looking at topping up those players. There’s not anyone who stands out as 100 per cent leaving.

“We just need to let the dust settle and then talk to some players and see how they’re going.

“Then it will be a case of me looking at what we might need to take us forward.”

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