NSW Waratah coach Rob Penney gave an irritable post-game interview before telling reporters he wasn’t sure he was still the right man to take the 3-0 club after the 20:16 loss to the Western Force on Friday night at Super Rugby AU leads

“I don’t know you will answer that for us,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Penney as saying when asked if the performance showed he should still be a coach

It was the armed forces’ first super rugby win since competition resumed last year, and it is only the second time in NSW’s proud history that they have started the competition 3-0

After two record losses to the Queensland Reds and Brumbies, a painfully inexperienced Waratahs side rolled up their sleeves against a more limited opponent at Sydney’s Bankwest Stadium

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But the result was the same and the strain showed on New Zealander’s Penney’s face as he took on Stan Sport’s Roz Kelly after the game

The interview got irritated when Kelly Penney asked, “What does it take to turn things around?”

“Well, you just saw a team that competed tonight This is a good start, isn’t it? ”Penney replied

“Is that enough just to show the fight or do you want more of them?” Kelly asked

“Well every team tries to win every week, it’s a pretty robust competition and I think if you think about the question, of course we’d love to win, but it shouldn’t be tonight,” Penney said / p>

“I don’t know what answer you want from me, but that’s the reality tonight. We’ll keep fighting”

Kelly then asked if the reunion next weekend was a good time or a bad time for the Tahs

“It’s where it is, we knew where it was months ago, so that’s really irrelevant,” Penney said to end the irritable exchange

Former wallabies Morgan Turinui and Tim Horan agreed on Stan Sport’s reporting that Penney’s pain was positive

“He’s standing up to the media and us to give us some insight, right after a truly heartbreaking loss that his team stood up for and they just weren’t smart enough, efficient enough to shut it down on him

“He hurts – he’s half disappointed, half proud of his team and he’s probably not sure where his feelings are. I like to see this because I was one of those players who just hated it to lose

“Emotions are pretty high after the games and it’s great to see coaches like that because they mean something,” said Horan

“It means he cares about his players too I can’t fault the Waratahs’ efforts tonight I thought they were really good – much better than last week

“It hurts, it will sting, and it must sting, and it must sting badly

“You must be embarrassed walking down the street, but then you have to get up on Monday morning, hold your head up and try to get up again next week”

Turinui, a former Melbourne Rebels assistant coach, said the Waratah’s problems are far more complex than pointing a finger at Penney

“Here is our list, why is it here, how can we improve it, is it pick-and-stick and stability for the future?

“And an almost separate question right now – is Rob Penney the right person to lead us through this time? And that will be constant board-level discussions

“As the new CEO, there will also be board-level revenue when things like this happen – it’s that time of year for AGMs and the like

“The pressure on the team and the coach will continue. What NSW fans can say is that they saw improvement, they saw a team that was in combat”

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