FROM a personal perspective it was disappointing to miss the seasons first couple of games through injury but I was delighted to be able to get onto the field with my teammates at the weekend.
Quite often when you’re fully fit and stringing numerous games together you can take being involved for granted and this recent period of frustration has helped me to appreciate how good it is when you are fit, healthy and playing regularly.
Our performance on the weekend certainly wasn’t one that we are proud of.
We played against a very competitive Hull KR side and although we scored some very good tries we weren’t up to scratch defensively.
We leaked far too many soft tries and should of made the opposition work a lot harder for their scores.
Work has already begun to rectify the relevant areas of our defensive systems that need improving and we will be looking to put in a much better performance against Catalan Dragons on Friday evening.
Catalan are a very good side with a lot of attacking potency so we know that we are going to be tested right across the park.
A BIT of news from Australia where I have been in regular contact with my former teammate and good friend James Graham.
Since moving to the other side of the world he has never been off the phone and sending text messages.
I am in contact with him now twice as much as I was when he lived just five miles away.
Jammer wants to know every detail of what’s been going on, everything from team selection and training sessions to the banter and what we’ve been discussing over lunch.
I am keeping him posted as much as possible but as my free minutes don’t count on overseas calls I have been giving him the watered down versions.
I asked Jammer how things were and whether he was settling in ok, he said “it’s alright”, which believe me is about as enthusiastic as it gets with him so he must be enjoying it.
KEEP an eye out next week and continuing throughout the season, Wello’s World will finish with a new “quote of the week” feature.
I will be asking for contribution off my teammates to come up with a quote relevant to themselves either humorous or motivational.
Up first next week will be Ade Gardner who will hopefully part some wisdom upon us all.
FINALLY, I would like to take this opportunity and I’m sure all St Helens supporters will join me in offering our condolences to our former coach Ian Millward and his family after the passing of his son Robbie on Sunday.
Robbie was a regular fixture in the coaches box alongside Ian during his time as coach of the Saints, quite often calming his father down in moments of high pressure, although it’s some years since I have seen Robbie I remember him as a very happy young lad who loved his rugby.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you Basil.
Thanks to our supporters who made the journey to Hull on the weekend.
Come on you Saints - Wello