Marty Jeffrey insists things need to change at RSL-Colts after what he labelled an "embarrassing" pair of performances over the weekend.
Colts was incredibly bowled out for just 35 in Friday night's 10-wicket McDonald's Megahit loss to CYMS while they collapsed from a position of strength during Saturday's RSL-Whitney Cup defeat at the hands of Newtown.
Bowling first at No. 3 Oval, Colts had Newtown 8/92 at one point but the Tigers rallied and scratched their way to 152.
The men in red never got into the chase and after being reduced to 5/25 at one point early on were all out for 75.
Across the two games, Colts lost 20 wickets for just 110 runs.
"The feelings in the shed [on Saturday] had built after Friday and that was honestly the lowest I've felt in the sheds," Colts captain Jeffrey said.
"The boys should want to do better."
Showing application with the bat is something Jeffrey has called for all season, but it still remains the side's biggest issue.
With no chance of playing in the McDonald's Megahit final the side had little motivation on Friday but Saturday's game was a crunch one and Newtown's double bonus-point win saw them leapfrog Jeffrey's troops into third.
"Friday night in the scheme of things wasn't a big game but from the club perspective it's not a good look and it was pretty embarrassing," he said.
"We sat down after the game [on Saturday] and had a lengthy chat about it as a group and the best thing we could have done is address it.
"It was a big game against Newtown and if we won it could have given us a bit of a buffer in third.
"We've got a lot of experienced guys who are used to winning but we need to put the egos aside and not just think because we're RSL-Colts we'll roll sides and I think that's the attitude we had.
"We had Newtown about 8/80 and normally Colts would bowl that side out for 85. But they got 150 and that give they took that momentum with the ball."
Things can now go one of two ways for Colts, according to the skipper.
The Australia Day weekend general bye comes at a good time for the side and when they return to the park, against Rugby, it's a chance for players to put their hand up and fight for a return to the finals spots.
Jeffrey expects the looming return of two-day cricket to also boost his side, but the key there will still be the one which has eluded them up to this point.
"There's been a lack of application and the mindset has been wrong," he said.
"Our plans and our actions have been at the completely opposite ends of the scale. We know what we need to do but we're not applying ourselves."
While it was a dark weekend for Colts, things couldn't have been different for Newtown.
The Tigers won the first of the two Twenty20s on Friday night, ensuring a spot in the Megahit finals, and then produced one of the most determined efforts of the season on Saturday.
Lee Price, again at the top of the order, made a fine 44 but there was little else to cheer about until Steve Skinner (38) and Mitch Lincoln (27) got the side well into triple figures.
Price capped another fine all-round performance with 3/33, supporting Trent Smith (4/14) as the new ball simply destroyed the Colts top order.
Jeffrey, batting at three, was the lone Colts player to show the fight and he was the last man out for 25.
The next top score in the innings was the 13 contributed by sundries.