LOSING games isn’t easy and we have lost far too many for our liking in recent weeks, again we were under pressure early in the game and at 18-0 down against a side very much in form we were left with a lot to do.
We continued to compete hard throughout the game but our execution let us down a few times when we got into good field position and its an area we must improve on.
That said I thought in the second half we fought our way back into the contest really well and played a more expansive style of play, something that we can utilise as we look to improve in the coming weeks.
In defeat we again had some good performances from individuals, Willie Manu I thought was again very threatening with ball in hand as was Tony Puletua during our better period of play in the second half and Jon Wilkin in a return to his usual position at loose forward was energetic and brings a lot to the team in that role.
It was also very good to have James Roby return from injury, his qualities are well known and he will no doubt give the side a huge lift moving forward.
We will waste no time sulking or licking our wounds as we have to prepare to entertain Bradford on Sunday afternoon, this is a huge game for us as we are now out of the play off places and need to start climbing the Super League ladder.
Bradford are one of the teams that lie just above us in the table so a win would provide us with a timely boost and hopefully kick start out climb up the table.
Bradford like ourselves have had an inconsistent period but there is no doubt that they possess some very good players, the likes of Brett Kearney and Jarrod Sammut in particular are very dangerous with ball in hand.
THIS past week the club announced the signing of Penrith scrum half Luke Walsh who I’m certain will add a lot to our side when he arrives in 2014.
Luke has been playing very well in the NRL this season and is a good organiser with a fantastic kicking game. However, as the club look to assemble a squad for next season and our supporters will obviously be anticipating what players will be in next years squad it is important that us players remain focused on 2013.
We still have a good opportunity to be successful this season but only if we remain focused on what we need to improve on, obviously work goes on behind the scenes to shape our squad as it does every season but this isn’t and should not be the players concern.
FINALLY, I would like to congratulate my former team mate Anthony Sullivan who was inducted into the St Helens Hall of Fame at the past players lunch on Sunday afternoon.
Sully was great to play alongside and I’m sure all our supporters can recall numerous wonder tries that he scored during his time at the club.
My particular favourite was a try he scored versus Wigan at the then JJB stadium in 2000. Sully received the ball deep in his own half and showed his electric pace running the full length of the field to score, to give an indication of how good of a score it was two of the Wigan players he went around and left trailing were Gary Connolly and Jason Robinson and believe me that is no easy task.
I also remember in only my second appearance for the club him scoring five tries in a convincing win away at London, all five tries were out of the top drawer, the classic in and away around the full back that he had perfected throughout his career.
He is one of those players I have a huge amount of respect for, and as a young player coming into the team at first I never knew quite how to take him as he could be quite serious at times but now I’m the same age as he was back then and understand that us older players get a little grumpy at times.
But the more I got to know Sully we got on great, he had an awesome sense of humour and not only was a great player but good to be around. Congratulations Sully.
Quote of the Week: The only place success comes before work is in the dictionary.
Thanks for the continued support - Wello