WELLO’S WORLD: No magic pill, just hard graft

A Rangi Chase-inspired Castleford will pose a stern test for a faltering Saints side when the two sides meet on Sunday.
A Rangi Chase-inspired Castleford will pose a stern test for a faltering Saints side when the two sides meet on Sunday.

THERE is no way of sugar coating our performance on the weekend, it simply wasn’t good enough and I can only apologise to our supporters for our display.

We failed to adapt to the conditions and gave the ball away all to frequently. It’s an area of our game that we really need to get to grips with as our ball control has been very poor for a number of weeks and we are not giving ourselves the best opportunity to win matches.

We were perhaps guilty of not being patient enough, we lacked composure and constantly put ourselves under pressure with ball in hand and in those conditions we needed to be a lot more attentive.

Hull KR on the other hand were a lot better than us in key areas, they played to a simple game plan and executed it very well, their kicking game was much better than ours and came up with some good plays in the opening quarter of the match.

There is no doubt that we have left ourselves a lot do both in terms of moving our way up the table and improving our form with some tough games ahead, we are well aware that if we want to give ourselves a chance of making it to Old Trafford in October then significant improvements are going to have to be made.

There is no magic formula when it comes to improving our game, it just comes down to good old-fashioned hard work in the gym and on the training field then carrying that mentality into our games.

SOME news to come out of the club last week was the announcement of the signing of Mose Masoe from the Penrith Panthers. Mose will bring a lot to the side, he is a big guy who will add a real physical presence to our team and at 24 years of age he still has his best years ahead of him.

Mose previously played at the Sydney Roosters alongside Sia Soliola so comes to the club with a couple of familiar faces in Sia and his current Penrith teammate Luke Walsh.

Signing players of Mose’s calibre shows that the club is intent on further strengthening the squad moving ahead and we look forward to having him on board.

WE are now well into our preparation for our trip to Castleford on Sunday afternoon. This will be another very tough game as they are a team playing well and with confidence at the moment, they had a great victory at Wigan last weekend which gives a clear indication of how well they are playing.

Since the arrival of Daryl Powell as their head coach about a month ago they seemed to have made significant improvements and Rangi Chase is a top class player who has been pivotal in their upturn in form. We are aware that any sub standard performances will be punished and we will be determined to make amends after last weeks disappointment.

LAST week we had the clubs golf day at Houghwood, although I didn’t play a number of the lads did and enjoyed a great day in perfect golfing conditions.

The pick of the players was Gareth O Brien who carded a one under par 70 which for those not familiar with golf is an excellent score. Somehow the team he played in failed to win the team prize which amazed me until I found out that the eventual winners had a certain Paul Sculthorpe in their ranks who despite playing two or threee times a week has a handicap that bizarrely seems to go up and not down. Let’s just say a few eyebrows were raised as he shamelessly strode up to collect his prize.