The Galpharm chief answers the questions put by RL writer Chris Roberts.
HAVE the boys needed to be lifted this week after the disappointing top-of-the-table defeat to Wigan?
Everyone was understandably disappointed after the events of last Friday night.
But we’re also 100% aware this one result won’t make or break our season, so the mood within the camp is still positive.
Even though we lost to Wigan this time, we’re all well aware there’s not a side in the competition that’s not beatable.
Every side we’ve played this year we feel comfortable we can beat.
But we also know that if we don’t play well and do the key things well, we can lose. That was the case against Wigan.
Having said that, I think this same rule applies to every single side in Super League.
There have been times in previous years where the competition has been dominated by one or two teams and the others have wondered how on earth they can beat them. I don’t think that’s the case any more.
If you look at the table at the moment you’ll see a lot of sides who are consistently winning a lot of games, because there are a lot of decent sides. We’re one of them.
We beat Wigan in a good, tough game over there with a lot less experienced side on the opening day of the season, and they beat us at our home track the other night, and this is a pattern that is being repeated throughout Super League XVII.
There will certainly be a lot of twists and turns before matters are resolved in 2012, and we know we’re still right up there challenging.
They key now, of course, is to make sure we respond in the right way to what happened the other night. With the players we have and with the quality of our squad, we know that’s firmly within our grasp.
But were you concerned with the way you failed to live with Wigan in the final 30 minutes of last Friday’s game?
Again, it was disappointing, but I thought Wigan were rewarded for all the earlier pressure they’d built up against us.
I think they had about six or seven repeat sets at one stage, and they maintained possession and field position better than us and strangled us out of the game a bit.
But we did still stretch their line and put them under pressure early on.
It’s just we didn’t take the chances that came our way, which you always have to do if you’re going to stand a chance of beating one of the top sides.
There’s no doubt that for 50 minutes we were right in there, and on another day we could have been talking about a completely different outcome.
Although you lost the game, you were full of praise for the efforts of David Fa’alogo and Greg Eden on the night. Exactly how pleased were you with their efforts.
Very pleased. Doof (Fa’alogo) obviously hadn’t played for a couple of weeks because of a groin problem, but he started the Wigan game and looked very, very strong.
To be honest, we had to push him a bit harder than we’d have wished, with the injuries to David Faiumu and Larne Patrick meaning he had to spend more time on the field than was planned.