AFTER what was a pretty hectic week, it was fantastic that we could put in a performance like we did against Leeds on Sunday evening.
I was pleased that despite a fair bit of disruption, the lads stayed focused on what we needed to do to perform well and as a consequence we got our just rewards.
It was a near faultless effort with all 17 players making a contribution, something that we have lacked throughout the season so far.
We scored some great tries and when we play direct we become a very difficult side to defend against, with our forward pack getting on top, it allowed James Roby the freedom he enjoys out of dummy-half to bring our other strike players into the game.
I thought the atmosphere inside Langtree Park on Sunday was electric, ultimately it is our responsibility as players to produce a brand of rugby that all our supporters enjoy watching and judging by the noise around the stadium it was a thoroughly enjoyable evening for everyone.
I feel it is important that we don’t look too far ahead and concentrate solely on our next match which is another very difficult game at Warrington.
Warrington will provide us with a great challenge, they are an excellent side who themselves will be brimming with confidence after winning at Wigan last weekend.
Over recent seasons games between ourselves and Warrington have always been great, both teams have an attacking style of play which makes for excellent entertainment, I’m sure that it will be no different on Friday evening.
n ON Monday evening I attended the Challenge Cup draw at the DW Stadium in Wigan.
Ideally you would always prefer a home draw but in our case it’s the next best thing as we play Widnes at the Stobart Stadium, our home ground throughout 2011.
There is no denying that this will be a tough game and I’m sure it will provide a great atmosphere as derbies normally do.
The Challenge Cup is very much on our radar. It’s been nearly four years since our last Wembley visit, and the opportunity to play there is something that any player serious about the game should relish.
n THE more time you spend with your team-mates you get to find out a little more about them and over the past few weeks and months I’ve become convinced that Jonny Lomax has some kind of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
He is a man who has a routine to everything he does. He wears the same tatty white ankle socks the last training session of the week and he ties his boots up then undoes his laces at least six or seven times before a game.
But what the lads find most annoying about his behaviour is that he has to turn up to everything last, a training drill or a team meeting and if you keep an eye out on game day he will almost certainly be last out onto the field when we come out to warm up.
You may think Jonny will read this and decide to prove me wrong, but trust me, there is no way he will break his beloved routine. Waiting for Jonny is part and parcel of our everyday schedule.
Quote of the week: Its not the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog
– Lance Hohaia showing how he copes with being vertically challenged.
Thanks for the great support on the weekend.
All the best – Wello
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