WELLO’S WORLD: Reaching 450 is source of pride

Paul Wellens salutes Saints fans.
Paul Wellens salutes Saints fans.
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IT was very pleasing to record back-to-back Super League victories for only the second time this season.

Hopefully now we can build on the momentum of the last two wins and we see continued improvement in our performances as well as getting good results.

The game at Salford on Friday evening was satisfying, and with us scoring 52 points it gives further backing to the feeling that we are a lot more cohesive going forward.

During the second half we managed to score seven tries, we looked very dangerous and we actually managed to score four of those tries in a 10 minute spell.

Our first half wasn’t so great and we seemed to be lacking in urgency during the early stages of the game. Moving forward we know that we can’t afford lacklustre 10 minute spells in games when there is a lot more riding on the result.

That said I thought Salford played quite well for the first 50 minutes of the game. They were very patient and executed a great kicking game which kept them in the contest.

Despite the scoreline they will certainly feel they’ve made improvements on their previous performances.

g ONE of our stand out performers in the game was Jordan Turner who in my opinion has been one of our better players throughout this season.

Jordan has all the attributes to go a long way in the game and if his form continues the way it is he will surely come into consideration for an England call up at the end of the year.

He has certainly benefited from the return to the team of key players in crucial positions who have started to get him the ball early so he can play to his strengths.

He scored two great tries on Friday night and his second was particularly impressive finishing with a flamboyant dive in at the corner that would have scored straight 10’s in a gymnastics competition.

g ON a personal note I was proud to play in what was my 450th game for the Saints at Salford.

When I made my debut on the August 30, 1998 I certainly never envisaged running around in the same team some 15 years later.

It is always great to get those personal milestones and it provides you with an opportunity to reflect on your career, players I’ve played alongside, coaches I’ve worked with and the friendships I’ve made over the years.

It also makes you realise that you’re not getting any younger and you certainly don’t take the experiences of playing for this club for granted as perhaps you may do when you are in your early career.

g OUR next match will be a really hard game against a side very much in form.

Hull KR come to Langtree Park off the back of two fantastic wins against Huddersfield and then the Catalan Dragons in the south of France so we are under no illusions as to how well we are going to have to play.

They are a team that have beaten us twice already this year so we are well aware of their qualities, with both teams liking to play an expansive style of rugby I’m sure it will be an entertaining game.

A victory would move us above them in the Super League standings and leave us very much looking to continue our climb up the table.

Thanks for the continued support - Wello