Wello’s World: A step in the right direction

Paul Wellens
Paul Wellens

IT was again a very pleasing performance at the weekend as we took another step in the right direction as we look to improve with some big games on the horizon.

Over the past month our focus has very much been on our own performance rather than going into too much detail on the opposition. We have had a run of games that most people would have expected us to win and the challenge for us was to approach them all in a professional manner.

We have scored a lot of points and in general our defence has been solid, but no means are we getting carried away with recent results as we acknowledge we can still play much better.

It showed against Wakefield that when we play with fluency and confidence we can ask serious questions of any defence, in our halves and hooker we have players who love to take on the defensive line which invariably creates a lot of space for the players around them to exploit.

Chris Flannery was the main beneficiary of this on the weekend with a hat-trick of tries and Sia Soliola also bagged a double.

To watch Flanno play at the moment you would think he is a 21-year-old, he’s tireless in defence and pops up all over the place in attack.

The ever-growing number of grey hairs on his head being the only real reminder that he is, in actual fact, 32.

n WE have now turned our attentions to the weekends Challenge Cup quarter-final tie versus Wigan at the DW Stadium.

This will no doubt be an extremely tough game but it’s one that we are all looking forward to.

Since the draw there has been a lot of uncertainty as to we’re the game will be played due to Wigan Athletic playing the following day.

Thankfully a decision has been made and we can anticipate what will be a great occasion.

By all accounts Wigan Athletic had identified dates to the RFL last year which should be avoided and Saturday, May 12, was one such date.

The RFL have an agreement with the BBC who can pick which game they would like to televise and when and they were insistent on showing the Saints v Wigan derby, and why wouldn’t they?

The only problem I have is that there should have been some dialogue earlier between all parties as to what should happen in the event of Wigan being drawn at home.

All too often in our game decisions have to be made on a reactive basis, a problem arises and we decide to deal with it then.

Surely we need to be proactive so that there is a plan in place should such a situation arise and ensure that there is little or no inconvenience for the supporters of both clubs.

n FINALLY, you know that you are playing a tough sport when a referee gets stretchered off with a broken leg.

The incident involving Phil Bentham at Wigan last week was completely accidental but looked very nasty.

Quite often you hear people say that referees need eyes in the back of their head and that is certainly true in Phil’s case as he clashed with Hull KR’s Shannon McDonnell.

On behalf all the players I would like to wish Phil a speedy recovery and hope to see him back out on the field very soon, but in the meantime, I think he will have to settle for the role as video referee.

Quote of the Week: Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. (Tony Puletua showing how he deals with being the squad’s eldest member).

All the best,