ANOTHER defeat on the weekend has certainly left us with a lot to do for the remainder of the season if we are to work our way up the Super League table.
Our performance at London had similarities to our other recent defeats, we again put pressure on ourselves by giving the ball away cheaply and conceding penalties at crucial stages.
After weathering some early pressure we got into a 10-0 lead and looked to be getting the upper hand in the game but in building the lead Adam Swift was injured in the act of scoring and had to leave the field, with the injury situation as it is at the moment this caused us some disruption and we had to accommodate a few players playing out of position.
Despite these difficulties we still created numerous opportunities that if we had taken we could have gone on and won the game, its something that we are going to have to get to grips with very quickly as in tight games its the difference between winning and losing.
One real positive to come out of the game was the performance of young forward Luke Thompson who was making his debut on his 18th birthday, as far as birthday presents go to get to pull on the Saints shirt for the first time doesn’t get much better.
Luke is physically in very good condition for someone so young and when he came onto the field he was hard working and carried the ball strongly. Now he has had first team experience he can continue to work hard in training knowing that when another opportunity presents itself he can compete at that level.
n THE only problem with young players coming into the squad is that it tends to make you feel quite old.
In a conversation with Luke during dinner at the team hotel the night before the game I asked him about his early rugby memories of going watching games,
Luke replied “ I vaguely remember going to watch you play v Wigan at Cardiff in 2004”. He was nine years old at the time. Now that definitely made me feel old, I quickly picked up my plate and moved to the other table to sit with Tony Puletua in a bid to feel young again.
n NEXT up for us is the visit of Widnes on Friday evening. We had a tough game against them earlier in the season and expect the same this time around. Hopefully we will have a couple of players returning which will give the team a lift and an improved performance is what we need to register our first victory since beating Castleford on Easter Monday.
n MOVING away from rugby league, I was one of those who stayed up into the early hours of Sunday Morning to watch Martin Murray fight Sergio Martinez for the world title.
I can’t profess to know a great deal about the intricacies of boxing but I don’t think that’s necessary to appreciate the excellent challenge that Martin put up and I like many others thought he was very hard done to when the judges scores were announced, by all accounts even Argentinian TV had him down as winning the fight on there unofficial scorecard.
In the two world title fights he has had he could and probably should have got the decision in both and in some respects has been the victim of his own courage,
Quite often in boxing your hear about fighters avoiding one another and hand picking opponents but not Martin, he has twice gone into the back yard of two of the greatest ever fighters and took the challenge it presents head on.
I have a huge respect and admiration for most boxers but in particular Martin, I’ve been fortunate to be in his company on occasions and he’s one of the most down to earth blokes you could ever meet,
He seems a very laid back character and its comes as no surprise when you hear people from within boxing speak of how well liked he is. It was unbelievable watching him represent our town on the weekend so I can only imagine how proud his close family and friends must be of his achievements.
I’m sure everyone would join me in wishing him well and I’m certain he will have that elusive world title wrapped around his waist in the not too distant future.
n Quote of the Week: It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.
Come on you Saints!