Wello’s World: Jonny’s got a big future

Paul Wellens
Paul Wellens
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IT’S difficult as a player when injury forces you to watch from the stands but the viewing was made much easier by the guys putting in a pretty good performance.

We know that we still have a lot to improve in us but I thought the first half performance was particularly impressive, we were a lot more patient than we have been in recent weeks and put the opposition under a lot of pressure.

Wilko kicked the ball superbly and constantly had the Bradford bringing the ball off their own line. When we got into good field position we looked very threatening and were clinical in racing into a 26-0 lead.

The second half wasn’t as good and we probably needed to be more ruthless in putting the game beyond doubt but we are satisfied that we continue to improve.

Jonny Lomax was also excellent in the full back role, not only in scoring three times but also defensively when dealing with a number of high kicks, he has all the attributes needed to excel in that position.

Despite Jonny playing in my position there would be few more pleased than myself to see him do so well and any cynics out there must rest assured that I don’t sit in the stands with a box of pins and a scrum cap-wearing voodoo doll.

He’s a great young player and very professional in the way he goes about his business so it was fantastic to see him get his rewards.

g MELBOURNE Storm managed to capture the World Club Challenge title on Friday night against Leeds at Headingley. I thought it was a very good game of rugby, both teams had good opportunities in the game but probably weren’t as clinical as they would like.

I thought Melbourne started the game very well, the first 10 or 15 minutes they looked very dominant and I felt that they looked like they could win comfortably but this is probably doing Leeds a disservice. Leeds are a great attacking team and play an expansive style of play, they always look to promote the ball and are extremely dangerous on the back of their offload game.

But I feel Leeds have a great quality that can go unnoticed which has helped them to be successful in recent years. When the game isn’t quite going their way and they are under huge pressure they have a tough mentality which enables them to stay in games when perhaps lesser teams wouldn’t cope, this was evident in the early stages of their game against Melbourne when they showed great resilience on the back foot.

Many point to Leeds winning two Grand Finals from fifth position and how that doesn’t make them the best team in the completion but this merely suggests that they aren’t the most consistent.

In rugby league throughout the course of a season every team will have periods where they don’t perform as well as you would want and Leeds are no different. Yes, they probably haven’t been the best team through 27 rounds of Super League but I believe they’ve been the best team and most consistent when the pressure is on, they have experienced players who understand that their will be momentum shifts in the game and if they can stay resolute when things aren’t quite going their way.

They are wise enough to know that chances will presents themselves at some stage and with their quality they quite often take them. Even though they didn’t get the victory on Friday these qualities where still very much in evidence.

With this in mind we know that we will have to perform well against them on Friday evening, its one of the stand out fixtures of the season and I’m sure there will be a great atmosphere inside Langtree Park.

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