The inside-50 count was not great reading.
What kept us in the contest was our particularly efficient second quarter when we managed four goals from only six inside 50s.
In the second half, our pressure and defence fell away.
At the moment, we aren’t able to hold possession of the ball long enough to put the opposition under pressure.
We were kept goalless in the third term despite having 11 forward-50 entries.
Our biggest issue has been our inability to keep the ball locked inside 50.
It is an aspect of the game at which we have been good for a number of years, but at the moment we are letting sides waltz the ball out of defence too easily.
It was encouraging to see a young player such as Mitchell Peirce come out of the Colts last year to make his league debut.
It’s not easy to come into a derby situation for your first game, particularly in a side that struggled after half time.
I thought he more than held his own and we think he will be a very good player for us.
Luke Tedesco and Max Duffy will return on Saturday against Swan Districts at Bassendean Oval.
Shane Nelson could be an outside chance to play after he was cleared to resume training in his return from a hand injury.
However, we discovered Kody Manning’s shin injury was bone bruising so he remains sidelined for a fourth week.
I do not expect it to be a pretty contest against Swan Districts, but predict it will be a close game.
Both teams are short of full strength so it will come down to who wants it more.