The Galpharm chief answers the questions put to him by Examiner RL reporter
Super League witnessed one of the most thrilling games when Catalan Dragons fought back to beat St Helens in the last second six days ago. Saints obviously come to the Galpharm on Sunday, so how do you think they’ll react to that loss?
First of all, it was a fantastic game and a great advert for Super League.
But you’re probably best asking (St Helens coach) Royce Simmons how he thinks they’ll respond.
Having said that, Roycey could do us a favour by leaving half of his players at home!
They’ve got a great squad and he rested a number of internationals for that game against Catalan.
Lance Hohaia only played the last few minutes off the bench, while players such as Ade Gardner, Josh Perry and Franny Meli didn’t play, and I don’t expect that to be the case this weekend.
At this stage of the season, they’ll probably still be trying to work out their combinations.
But history tells us they’re a top one- two, three team, and that’s where they’ll be wanting to remain.
So whatever happened last week, we’re expecting them to be extremely tough to beat.
As I said, we can’t really predict how they’ll react, but we can do something about what we do when the game kicks-off.
We know we didn’t play any where to our potential last week, which was disappointing.
Our goal every week is to try and improve, and that’s exactly what we need to do this weekend.
So it’s fair to say you made hard work of beating London Broncos last weekend?
We certainly let ourselves down at times, although I feel the opposition deserve a fair bit of credit for making that happen.
We had some blokes who performed well, but overall it was a disappointing team performance.
What was particularly disappointing was how we scored early in the second half to lead 20-6, then dropped the ball on the very next set and probably didn’t get back down to their end of the field again until much later in the game. That shows we didn’t get to apply enough pressure.
But, at the end of the day, we came to London to get a win and that’s exactly what we got.
And I’m sure there will be a number of sides this season who won’t be saying that.
In their opening game at home to St Helens, they were leading until the final 20 minutes and fought back very strongly against Hull the week before they played us.
I know the players they’ve brought in from Australia. I’ve coached some of them and probably played against one or two of them!
They’re all quality performers and have helped make this London squad the best I’ve known in the time I’ve been here.
Obviously, they’re going to need some luck to keep all their best players on the field. For instance, they lost Shane Rodney for the game against us, and he’d been playing really well.
But if they get their strongest team on the park, they’ll turn some sides over.
So you must have been pleased to have got this game out of the way and with a win, then?
Yes, particularly as we weren’t at our best.
And we’ve got to accept the fact we’re not going to be at our best every week.