A high shot forced Greg Inglis from the field but South Sydney coach Michael Maguire should have been nursing the biggest headache after their 44-18 NRL loss to North Queensland in Townsville.
However, Maguire claimed he was proud of his team and believed morale was high despite their dire plight.
Capping a nightmare night for the Rabbitohs, a dazed Inglis was forced from the field in the 66th minute after copping a Matt Scott high shot on Friday night.
“He’s fine,” Maguire said of the Rabbitohs captain despite reports the fullback had been suffering concussion symptoms.
Scott was placed on report.
“I don’t think I got him high. I am not sure. He seemed a bit rattled,” Scott said.
Maguire was arguably feeling the most pain after witnessing the eight tries to three rout by the reigning premiers – South Sydney’s fourth loss in five games.
Matt Johns described the error riddled Rabbitohs as “a shadow of their former selves” on Fox Sports TV.
Maguire tried to put on a brave face, backing the 2014 premiers to rise above their toughest challenge in years.
“The morale amongst the players is actually quite strong, watching the boys the way they interact,” he said.
“I am actually very proud of them.
“We are obviously not getting the result we would like to out on the field at the moment but the group understands what we need to do.”
Rabbitohs hard man Sam Burgess wasn’t so upbeat, hardly masking his frustration over yet another mistake-filled defeat.
Asked about their many handling errors, a curt Burgess said: “It’s just dropped balls, that’s football.
“No one goes out there to drop a ball.
“We just weren’t clinical enough tonight and it cost us.”
Burgess backed South Sydney (3-4 record) to turn their season around despite facing another tough away assignment – ladder leaders the Broncos in Brisbane next Friday night.
“No one likes losing but we have faith in each other,” he said.
“We will go back to working hard on Monday.”
South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds was solid upon his return from a broken jaw.
However, he hardly played himself into NSW Origin contention after being convincingly outpointed – as most are – by Cowboys class act Johnathan Thurston.
“He showed some really good signs but we probably didn’t lay a big enough platform for him to do all the things that he can show,” Maguire said.
“He will get better in the next game.”
In another worry for Maguire, Hymel Hunt was placed on report for a high shot on Cowboys backrower Gavin Cooper early in the second half.