TO say that we are disappointed with our performance against Wigan would be a huge understatement.
If you want to win games against the better sides in the competition, then you can’t afford to give up as much possession as we did at the weekend, and although Wigan played very well, we felt we contributed heavily to our own downfall.
We made errors at regular intervals throughout the game, and in doing so we continuously put our defence under pressure and made it very difficult for ourselves, especially against a team with potent attacking threats.
It is important for us to learn lessons from those types of games, and there is no doubt we will be working very hard in training this week to rectify those areas in need of improvement.
As players, we can understand the supporters’ frustrations when we don’t perform as well as we can, but we can’t afford to spend our time kicking stones, as we have to prepare for what will be another very tough game at Warrington on Friday evening.
Warrington have been the form team in the competition this season, and have not just won games but have done it quite convincingly.
They have scored a lot of points and also been very solid defensively, so we will have to perform very well to come away with the spoils.
Saints v Warrington games have always been very entertaining, and I’m sure this one will be no different.
There will be a fantastic atmosphere inside the Halliwell Jones Stadium, and we always have a strong travelling support who, I’m sure, will be making themselves heard.
n I WOULD like to take this opportunity to congratulate Steve Prescott and his band of merry men, who last week completed the Cycle from John O’ Groats to Land’s End, with the climbing of the three peaks thrown in there for good measure. The challenges that Prekky sets his group, which contains a few ex-rugby professionals, continue to become harder, to the point where I genuinely fear being roped in when I retire from the game.
With the challenges becoming more and more demanding, there is every possibility that, in a few years’ time, they will be on a mission to Mars in a hot air balloon, stopping at Jupiter on the way to do a marathon in their bare feet!
Joking aside, it is an amazing achievement, and I’m sure that Prekky and his colleagues will continue to get your support.