WHAT a great way to start the season!
We always knew our opening game of the Super League XV campaign at home to Bradford Bulls was going to be tough, and our opponents didn’t let us down.
They tested us throughout the game, but we showed we had the strength, fitness and mental resolve to keep the Bulls out when they piled all the pressure on us.
I’m sure many teams would have crumbled, but we held out fairly comfortably in the end and, in fact, we emerged from the contest in pretty good shape.
In that respect, it really did show what a good job our coaching staff have done during pre-season on the fitness front.
At the time, I don’t think any of us really appreciated it, because being flogged on the training pitch isn’t exactly anyone’s idea of fun!
But that punishing schedule definitely stood us in good stead on that opening night.
On top of that, our defence again looked very solid, while our attack looks as if it’s coming together.
I was personally delighted to have played a part in helping Leroy Cudjoe score his two early tries. They will have done wonders for his confidence.
It was also pleasing for me to have picked up the man-of-the-match award for my efforts.
Again, however, I do have to question whether it was fully deserved.
In my opinion it was an award that should have been shared by our bigger blokes down the middle. They all deserve huge raps.
Losing Keith Mason so early immediately put a lot more pressure on the other front-rowers.
But that didn’t faze them in the least.
They all just rolled up their sleeves and met the challenge head-on, helping to lay our foundation for success.
This was again a classic example of forwards winning a game for you.
Us in the backs just profited off their hard work, and we thank them for that.
More of the same is obviously required tonight. If that’s the case, we know victory can be ours.
THERE were many positives to come out of our performance against Bradford, one of which had to be the contributions of the new boys.
David Fa’alogo, Lee Gilmour, Scott Grix and Graeme Horne all played well and are already offering something different to the team.
But, at the end of the game, I think it was David, pictured above, who was wearing the biggest smile of them all.
By his own admission, he’s still not at his best yet, but at least he can now focus 100% on improving rather than worrying about having to do the dreaded naked run.
He obviously marked his first game in Super League by scoring a crucial try, and while most of us are still thinking about breaking our duck and avoiding the potential end-of-season forfeit, David can just sit back and watch us worry!