In a positive week, the news has come through that Danny Brough, Eorl Crabtree and Leroy Cudjoe have been named in England’s 19-man squad for Wednesday’s Origin International against the Exiles at the Galpharm. You must be delighted about that?
Yes, and I’d be even more delighted if all three of them played.
To be honest, I know I’m biased, but I do believe there’s a fair chance that’ll happen.
And that would be a reward for the way the three of them have been playing.
Broughy and Eorl have been consistent all year, while in the past couple of weeks Leroy has been getting back to his best.
So for the three of them to get the nod would be thoroughly deserved, and it would be great for the Giants!
How pleased were you with the win and the performance against London Broncos at the weekend?
We were all obviously delighted to get the victory, especially by such a margin (46-10).
It’s been a tough six or seven weeks for us, so to get the win, and to win in the manner we did, was very pleasing.
I really liked the way we went about things and got the job done.
We didn’t over-play, we kicked and chased well, built some pressure and our discipline was reasonable.
That’s the first time we’ve done that for a fair while, and that meant we earned the right to play a bit of footy at different stages and most people contributed to the team doing well, which was good.
I was particularly pleased to see us create chances early in each half and then, rather than try and take them at the earliest opportunity, kick off the back of our attack, put extra pressure on the opposition to give us better field position to do well and then see the game open up for us.
That was a very big positive.
Were anxious early on, though? It did look like there was a bit of anxiety out there among the players.
No, not really.
This was the first game in weeks when I’ve gone home from training in the week leading up to it that I’ve been confident we’ve been heading in the right direction.
I didn’t come into the London game hoping we’d do ok, I was always confident we’d do well.
I was confident during the build-up that we’d definitely taken some steps forward, and I was looking forward to seeing that happen as the game progressed. That’s something I couldn’t have said in the previous three weeks.
Obviously, we still need to improve and get better.
But we had to start somewhere, and that process has begun against the Broncos.