The Galpharm chief answers the questions put to him by Examiner RL writer Chris Roberts.
After last week’s big Challenge Cup win at Hull, is the key at Bradford Bulls in Sunday’s Super League game to build on that outstanding second-half performance at the KC Stadium?
We were all pleased with the way we played in the second half, and to score 40 points without reply was a great achievement.
And, as always, the key is to make sure we build on what we did in our previous game, so obviously we hope to go to Bradford and carry on from where we left off last week.
If we manage to do that, then we’ll put ourselves in a good position to win.
What really pleased me about the Hull game was the way we fixed things up after they had made such a strong start against us.
Physically, we were very average early on and they were quite good. To be honest, I thought Sam Moa annihilated us.
We were also very flat at the start, and their line speed caused us trouble.
It was pretty clear we needed to initiate some contact to help our defence and then do one or two things a little bit better on our attack.
We were able to do that, and the results spoke for themselves.
Now let’s hope we can go out and do that again at Bradford this weekend.
You were lucky enough to have a bench that consisted of David Fa’alogo, David Faiumu, Luke O’Donnell and Larne Patrick. How important was that to the win?
No side does anything in a competition without a good bench, and we’re fortunate to be in position to field a strong one at the moment.
In the past few weeks we’ve had about five blokes coming back after spending pre-season in rehabilitation, and their impact is increasing all the time.
And that was at its most evident last weekend.
In comparison to us, Hull had to field an inexperienced bench because of the number of injuries they’ve got to their squad, and that clearly told in the end.
All four of our substitutes made a telling contribution, with David Faiumu, in particular, quickly making a difference. Fuey’s involvement just before and after half-time was crucial for us.
Up until then, it really had been a bit of a struggle.
But what also pleased me when the going was tough was that we retained our composure throughout, and didn’t go away from what we were trying to do.
That’s another sign of a side that can make an impact on a competition – one that can sometimes fall eight or 10-0 behind but not be fazed at doing so.
Once again, your centres, Leroy Cudjoe and Joe Wardle, made valuable contributions. You must be pleased with the form they’re showing.
Yes, they’re both two young, talented English centres, which is not only good for the Giants but good for the English game at international level.
Leroy, in particular, has now established himself as one of the best in Super League, and we expect him to come up with the sort of stuff he did to help us get on top last weekend.
It’s when it’s a big game that’s hanging in the balance that you expect your big players to come up with the big plays, and that’s what Leroy is now doing for us on a consistent basis.