THE Beaudesert Kingfishers were held to nil during a top of the table clash with Easts Mount Gravatt Hawks on Saturday.
Playing on their home track, the Kingfishers gave up 30 points to record their first loss of the season after four rounds.
Coach Mick Harkin said his side's defence was magnificent, even courageous at times, and the full-time score was not a reflection of their efforts.
"We now know the standard we need to reach to be competing in September ... " he said.
"They had a really well drilled side and a front-rower that would pop the ball to the fullback that was on his shoulder the whole time. That caused us a lot of troubles.
"I would say they (the Hawks) had been playing together for a few years.
"They were a class above every other team that I have seen so far."
The Kingfishers gave up four tries in the last quarter of the game, seeing the scoreline balloon out to 30-0 by full time.
Second-row forward Jag Stephan was the stand-out performer in a losing cause.
Harkin said he was not too concerned by the result given the season was only four rounds old.
"It is still early days," he said. "They are kind of the benchmark, so we need to lift our game a bit and get to that level.
"We just have to work on our attack and probably just a little bit more intensity, that's all.
"They all played pretty well, they just leaked a few points and didn't have the intensity to stay with them."
The Kingfishers will look to return to winning ways next weekend when they take on Browns Plains at Grosvenor Park on Saturday afternoon from 1.30pm.
Beaudesert will have a few players returning to the side, having been without milestone man Nick Harkin and several other players for the Mount Gravatt clash.
"I am not going to say 'yeah, we are going to win'," coach Harkin said.
"Every game is a harder game so we just have to work hard for it."
Their next home match at Willis Park is against Souths Sunnybank on Saturday, May 22.
A kick off time is yet to be confirmed.
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