THERE is no hiding from the fact that our last couple of games have been very disappointing in terms of the results, and I can assure everyone we will continue to work hard to make sure we improve.
We now need to start performing well, and despite losing our last two games, we remain confident that we can improve and be successful this season.
The game against Warrington at the weekend was an extremely tough encounter, against a side who have been playing very well this year.
The start to the game didn’t go to plan, and to find ourselves 18-0 down after only 15 minutes gave us a mountain to climb.
It was pleasing that in this situation we refused to panic, remained very composed and played our way back into the game. We scored some great tries, and after the horrendous start, very few people would have thought we would be leading at the break.
After fighting our way back into contention, it was frustrating that we never went on to close the game out. In the second half, we gave away possession very cheaply, and it is an area we will need to improve on from now on.
I must pay special mention to our forward pack, who I thought were very strong in the middle of the field, in particular Tony Puletua, who once again showed how much of a handful he is for opposition defences.
n WE now move on to another very tough game when we entertain Hull FC at the Stobart on Friday night. They had a good win over Wakefield on Sunday, so will come over in confident mood. They have been working their way up the table after a slow start to the season, and despite missing chief playmaker Sean Long, they still managed to rack up 50 points at the weekend, so we are aware our performance needs to be of a very good standard.
n FINALLY, some of you may have heard our former Australian centre Matt Gidley was appointed CEO of Newcastle Knights.
This may have come as a surprise to many as it is not a job normally associated with retired rugby players.
Gids is a perfect role model for many young players, not only the fact he was a dedicated professional and one of the game’s finest players, but also that during his playing career, he took steps to prepare for his life after rugby.
Before he came to England he completed a Masters degree in business management, allowing him to play out the final years of his career safe in the knowledge he had something to fall back on, emphasising how important education is whatever level you play at.
However, we couldn’t let this opportunity pass by without having a little fun with Gids, just to ease him into his new role.
Me and a few of the lads are now planning to send him a series of CVs from various people applying for jobs at Newcastle.
We were thinking of starting off with Jonny Wellies inquiring about the position of head groundsman, and Stan Wall hoping there is still a vacancy as Wayne Bennett’s assistant next season, I look forward to his response.
All the Best – WELLO