Wello’s World: Defeat was so disappointing

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AT the weekend, we didn’t get either the result or the performance we were looking for against a Hull KR side harbouring hopes of a top-eight finish.

We were very keen to continue some good momentum after last week’s victory, but our performance was some way short of the standards we have set ourselves.

We again showed glimpses of what we are capable of when we stick to our game plan, by scoring some decent tries, but we strayed away from what makes us effective far too often, and at times looked disorganised.

A key area we can improve on is our communication with each other on the field.

It is the job of every player to be vocal during the game, whether it is calling plays, relaying messages so those inside and outside understand what is going on, or simply talking in the defensive line to identify who you are marking.

Communication is absolutely key in making the team function – it gives direction, keeps players honest and makes everybody’s job easier.

With no game this coming weekend, we will have two weeks’ full training to work hard and improve, because we can’t afford our form to fluctuate any more at this late stage of the season.

It is important we finish the regular season strongly with a view to being on top of our game in the play-offs.

n LAST week my former team-mate and good friend Sean Long announced his retirement from playing.

It goes without saying that Longy has been a fantastic player and a great servant for St Helens, and has enjoyed a lot of success throughout his career.

Longy is considered a bit of a maverick by supporters, media and players.

And in fairness, with a thousand different haircuts, betting scandals and an autobiography titled Booze, Brawls, Sex and Scandals, it is easy to understand why.

I actually had the pleasure of escorting him out of his own testimonial event after 10 minutes in 2007, after the one or two pints he was having before turned into nine or 10.

However, people should also know that Longy is a genuine guy, who despite a few rough edges, would bend over backwards to help out any of his friends or team-mates if needed.

He is the smartest rugby player I have played with, and in my mind will go on to be a very successful coach.

He is to start out on that path as assistant coach at Salford next season.

And I’m sure all Saints supporters would join me in wishing him well in the next stage of his career.

n WE stayed over in Hull before the game on Sunday, and I was quite pleased I was rooming with James Roby.

That was until he hogged the TV remote and made me sit through the X Factor and, then even worse, Celebrity Big Brother.

He performed a standing ovation on his bed after one of the X Factor performances.

But what left me really gob-smacked and looking for an alternative room-mate was to find out that he is a massive Jedward fan.

You should see his Jedward impression, which is surprisingly very good.

And if you pass him in the street, I’m sure he will be only to happy to show you.

Just when you think you know someone...

All the best – Wello