NOT for the first time this season, I had mixed emotions following our narrow victory over Hull KR last weekend.
I thought we were excellent for 30 minutes and were very good value for the 26-0 lead we managed to build up.
But what followed left me frustrated as we seemed to lose our focus and allowed the opposition back into the game, we failed to adapt our game plan as the weather worsened and we made too many errors which enabled Hull KR to get themselves back in front.
Despite our mistakes and the failure to capitalise on the commanding lead we had, I was encouraged that we still found a way to win.
We are now looking forward to our next game at Widnes on Sunday afternoon. There is no doubt that Widnes have had a difficult season so far but I think they have done well, considering they have had disruption in losing players throughout the year added to the fact that it is their first season back in Super League.
Quite often coaches get judged purely on results, but sometimes this can be a little unfair despite not winning many games, I think Dennis Betts has done a very good job in difficult circumstances and he seems to have a long term plan in mind to bring success back to Widnes.
n BEFORE the weekend, a few of our players are in action again for the second England v Exiles match on Wednesday evening, both teams have made a lot of changes from the first game but it still should make for a very competitive encounter.
It will be interesting to see how a new half-back pairing of Matty Smith and Danny Brough work together with both making their debut.
I must congratulate my team-mate Jon Wilkin on being selected as captain for the fixture, to represent your country is a huge honour but to lead the side even more so.
Jon has all the attributes to be a great captain and is a natural leader. He has a great understanding of the game and is very clear and concise when it comes to getting his point across.
Jon gets the opportunity to lead his country after the international retirement of Jamie Peacock.
Jamie is a player and a person who I have a lot of respect for and I know it’s a decision that he wouldn’t have taken lightly.
I had the pleasure of playing with Jamie in quite a few internationals and he is fantastic to play alongside, he always leads from the front and never takes a backward step, this was evident in a Test match we played in Sydney in 2006.
I’m sure many remember the 6ft 4in, 18 stone, Willie Mason punching Stuart Fielden to the floor, immediately after it happened Jamie Peacock went straight in swinging haymakers at Willie with no concern for his own safety and a massive melee ensued,
I strategically positioned myself on the outskirts of the fracas being very careful that I wouldn’t be joining Stuart on the floor. It was probably the best Test match I played in and we recorded a very rare victory over the Aussies on their home ground.
n FINALLY, I must say I am a big fan of the ABF Soldiers Charity kit that we wore on the weekend.
Not only did it look smart but it’s for a fantastic cause. The reception given to Andy Reid as he brought the match ball on to the field was brilliant and also thoroughly deserved.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Andy at various occasions and he came to talk to the squad prior to last years Grand Final. He’s a great guy and and a huge inspiration not only to myself but the rest of the lads.
Quote of the Week: In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure.
Come on your Saints – Wello