I WAS told earlier in the week that I’ve just passed 1,000 career points for the Giants.
Apparently, I’ve now scored 1,004 points as the result of the 13 I scored in last weekend’s fantastic home win over Bradford Bulls.
Included in that overall tally are six drop goals, and I’m sure none has ever been as significant as the one I scored in the last minute to win the game against the Bulls.
My one-pointer might have helped me grab the headlines, but I don’t think that was really fair on the rest of my teammates, who had done just as much as me to make such a magnificent victory possible.
And I think the drop goal epitomised that team effort.
We often practise a drop-goal set in training, whereby we work specifically towards setting up for a drop-goal attempt, with teammates positioned around the kicker to make it more difficult for the defending players to put in a block.
Against Bradford it all worked to perfection.
Everyone did exactly what they were supposed to do, and that gave me the best possible chance to hit the target, although I have to admit I was feeling the pressure when it came to me, because I knew how important it might prove to be.
At that point, I knew it was just a case of keeping my head down, trying not to worry and making sure I made the best possible contact. So, to see it go over was fantastic.
But even at that stage we didn’t take it for granted we’d won the game.
With just a few seconds left to play, we knew Bradford would go for a short kick-off and try and regain possession.
Unfortunately, we knocked-on from the restart and, after seeing Bradford quickly form a scrum and then referee Steve Ganson stop the clock, we thought we’d have to put in one more defensive play.
So, for the hooter to then sound and for Steve to blow for time was a fantastic feeling, although I have to admit I do have some sympathy for Bradford over the incident.
A number of times this season we’ve been on the receiving end of calls like this, so it was good for the luck to change for once.
And, having said that, there was certainly no guarantee Bradford would have scored had the game been allowed to continue for one more play.
Overall, I felt we’d done enough to win the game.
There were times when Bradford put us under intense pressure and we were forced to really dig in and stay positive. In the first half, in particular, the Bulls created several chances, but time and again we had players chasing back to cut off the threat. We were rewarded for that level of commitment and effort.
As I said, every member of the team contributed to what proved to be such a memorable win.
But I would just like to single out one player for particular mention – Danny Kirmond.
Danny joined us from Featherstone Rovers as a winger and had never played back row before.
However, he already looks comfortable playing that position, and further enhanced his reputation last weekend with another great performance.
Danny’s a great young player to have around. He’s a genuinely nice lad who always listens well and is very keen to learn.
He’s quietly going about his business and improving with every game he plays, and if he fulfils his full potential there’s no question he has a very bright Super League future ahead of him.
I’m sure he’ll feature in some capacity at Leeds tonight in what we know is yet another very tough challenge.
The Rhinos may have lost three of their last four games, including last Friday’s thrilling game at Wigan, but they are still a formidable outfit and we expect them to be at their very best.
But we travel over to Headingley with our confidence high after last week’s win and relishing the chance to pit our wits against such a fantastic side at such a super venue.
I think Headingley is one of the best rugby league grounds there is and you always know the atmosphere will be electric.
Let’s just hope the Huddersfield fans turn out in force to add to the sense of occasion and that we can give them something to shout about!