IT’S looking as if Shaun Lunt, right, may be available for us this weekend, which is clearly tremendous news.
There was obviously a major doubt hanging over him in the wake of the Hull game because of his wrist injury, but all the signs are now very positive.
Shaun’s been playing well for us, with his high work rate an inspiration to us all.
He’s fit, strong and good with the ball. In fact, he’s got all the qualities required for a hooker.
And there’s no question he needs to be extremely fit because, as everyone knows, it’s the second most physical position on a rugby league field – only bettered by that of the full-back!
REMIND me never to stay at home again when we’ve got a game and I’m not playing!
That was something I had to endure when we played at Hull FC last Friday.
I obviously had to miss the trip with a back strain I picked up on the eve of the game.
I woke up with it on Thursday morning, and had hoped that after a bit of treatment I’d been fine 24 hours later.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case and, after consulting with our medical staff, it was decided I should stay at home and not travel over to Hull to lend my support to the boys.
It was felt the coach journey there and back, coupled with sitting in a very cold stand, would be a recipe for disaster.
As a result, I was forced to stay at home, listening to the game on the radio and looking at the score updates from the BBC on my computer.
And it’s something I wouldn’t recommend to anyone.
You just don’t get a feel of how the game’s really going, and whether or not your team’s in the ascendancy.
That can be pretty frustrating, take it from me, and I don’t think it did anything to ease the pain of my sore back!
I did, of course, meet up with the players pretty soon after the game, and at that point I wasn’t the only one nursing an aching body.
The Hull game was a very physical encounter, with many of the boys having the bumps and bruises to prove it.
That also became clear to me when I sat in on the review and watched the highlight package Nathan had put together.
It was also clear from what I saw that we were extremely unlucky with some of the decisions that went against us.
We also created plenty of opportunities, and if those had been taken we could have won the game.
The fact we didn’t was hugely disappointing but, from what I saw, if we produce the same sort of performance and sharpen up our execution then victory at Hull KR on Sunday can be ours!