Waratahs head coach Daryl Gibson feels his side should not be satisfied with their gallant fightback in Friday's 30-26 loss to the Highlanders in Sydney.
While he acknowledged his players' effort to come back from 30 points down to lose by just four in the final minutes, Gibson gave a frank assessment on his side’s performance.
“We definitely didn’t play well,” he said.
“I’m very firm on that.
“We can not at all be satisfied with the fact that we came back to 26 points.
“We got outplayed, that’s the fact, we gave up too much and while valiant and the efforts I’ll acknowledge, we got beat and that’s the hard facts."
The Waratahs are currently third on the Australian Conference after suffering successive defeats against two of the tournaments leading contenders in the Brumbies and Highlanders in recent weeks.
Gibson said there was a gulf between the Waratahs' current position and where they aspire to be.
“We’ve clearly got a fair way to go in terms of the type team we want to become and the type of Rugby we want to play,” he added.
“At different times we can be very good and at times we can be pretty ordinary so it’s that stuff that is killing us.”
Waratahs captain Michael Hooper was similarly dejected by the loss but said his side remained positive despite their defeat.
“I’d prefer to lose by three points in the last minute than go down the way we did and try and come back,” he said.
“The thing is we’ve got so much improving in us that it should be a really exciting Monday coming in (next week).
“It feels like the competition has been going for ages but we’ve only played three games."