I think we would have to concede that our performance on Friday night against London Broncos wasn’t the best we’ve had in recent weeks but to get the victory was very pleasing.
In the first half we were okay and put together some nice plays but in the second period the game became a little scrappy and both teams struggled to find some continuity.
To win the game quite comfortably despite not being at our best is certainly a positive sign and it also reinforces to us that despite some recent victories we still need to remain focused and work hard to iron out deficiencies we have in our game.
We again had some strong individual performances, I think Adam Swift has been very good for us since returning from injury, his speed and athleticism troubles opposition defences and he continues to grow in confidence off the back of performing consistently.
Big Alex Walmsley is another whose game seems to get better each week, when we do defensive work in training he’s horrible to tackle and I’m sure its no different for our opposition on a weekend.
Alex carries the ball really well and he averages more metres per carry than any player in Super League, some effort for a guy in his first season in the competition.
Also we have Josh Jones who’s hard work can often go unnoticed, he’s certainly the quiet achiever in the squad and is also an ever present for us this season which gives a clear indication of how valued he is.
Josh is noted within the team for being the guy who cant take a joke and struggles with the dressing room banter so all that’s left for him to do is develop a sense of humour then we would have the complete package.
g Next up for us is a trip to Wakefield on Sunday afternoon, this is going to be a very difficult game and were going to have to play well to get the two points.
They are particularly good going forward and have a lot of potent attacking players, Tim Smith pulls the strings in the middle of the park and that allows their strike players like Ali Lauatiti, Dean Collis and Ben Cockayne to inject themselves into the game.
In our last three games we have defended very well and will have to continue to do so as we approach the key part of the season.
g Last week the club announced the signing of Richard Beaumont from Hull Kingtson Rovers, Richard has been playing well for them recently and will add strength to our already sizeable pack for 2014.
At 25 he will still have the best years ahead of him and I’m sure he will be looking to make a huge impact here at Saints.
He will have Jon Wilkin on hand for advice on the challenges facing someone who’s swapping Hull for the bright lights of St Helens.
But once he works out that chips and peas is a split, babby’s yed is a steak pudding and that you should finish all sentences with maaaaaate (extended for maximum effect) then he will pretty much have it cracked.
Thanks for the support - Wello