Narromine Jets Co-captain Jarryd Usher put the disappointing result his team were dealt at the hands of rivals the Macquarie Raiders down to one thing.
"I think what we were really missing was just the desire to want to play football," Usher said, moments after the game.
"The attitude just really wasn't there and the scoreboard showed it."
While the Jets managed three tries - with one put on the scoreboard by Usher himself - and some flashes of brilliance during the bruising loss, Usher struggled to pick out any highlights looking back.
"It wasn't a good team effort at all, there were a couple of boys that came with the right attitude, but it just wasn't enough, all seventeen of us need to come with the right attitude."
Captain-Coach Dylan Hill, who had consistent hard runs throughout the game, put in a strong performance throughout before being brought off the field with an injury.
The result represents a significant departure from the start of the season, where the Jets were able to grit out a comeback against the Raiders and secure a draw in their first game's final minute.
There were no last-minute hail mary's for the Jets this time, despite the efforts of Usher and others.
The loss will be particularly stinging due to the pre-season switches that occurred between the two clubs, with current Raiders' coach Wes Middleton having swapped positions with Hill during the off-season.
For now the Jets will remain in seventh place on the ladder, having tallied up two wins and one draw in the season so far and endured five losses.
There'll be no easy outs for the Jets in the next week either, as they'll be returning to Apex Oval to square off with Dubbo CYMS, the former ladder leaders who'll be looking to make a statement after losing their top spot and unbeaten streak to the Wellington Cowboys.
The Macquarie Raiders will next take on the Forbes Magpies, while Dubbo Westside will meet the Nygnan Tigers and the Wellington Cowboys will face the Parkes Spacemen.