THERE’S hardly no better feeling than playing well and beating one of Super League’s top sides, which is exactly what we did against St Helens at the Galpharm last weekend.
It was one of those occasions when we could enjoy every single minute of it.
Even when there was relatively little between the two teams and we were in a real arm-wrestle during the first half, everything felt really good.
Obviously, it was tough out there, but we always felt comfortable.
And when we went try, try, try to respond to Saints’ early second-half score, the game became really enjoyable.
All the hard work in the opening exchanges began to pay off, all the passes were taken at the front and in the chest, and we crossed for some superbly-taken tries.
It really was a great feeling, and one we hope to experience on several more occasions between now and the end of the season.
And, fortunately, that’s something which is in our own hands.
Now we’ve had a taste of the good times once again, it’s something we don’t want to let go, and I’m sure that if we continue to knuckle down and show the same level of attitude and enthusiasm as we did last weekend, then we’ll be able to savour a lot more special games.
That’s certainly going to be part of our motivation against Catalan this weekend.
After beating Saints to remain second in the Super League table, it’s back to the business of the Carnegie Challenge Cup and Sunday’s home game against the French, which is one we are confident of winning.
It’s less than three weeks since the Dragons beat us 13-12 in the South of France, but we don’t believe that gives them any psychological edge at all.
I remember saying after the match how the most disappointing thing about it was that we lost the game ourselves.
With the amount of ball we turned over we really shouldn’t have been in the game, but in the end we almost sneaked the win.
We’re convinced we won’t make that mistake again, and we know that if we respect our possession this time around then a place in the quarter-final draw will be ours.
And that could signal another return to the good times.
WEEKS don’t go much better than this!
Last Saturday we beat St Helens convincingly at the Galpharm Stadium, and then I celebrated the fact by winning my first game of golf.
Yes, after a number of attempts at beating my Giants teammate on the course, I’ve finally managed it.
My unfortunate ‘victim’ was Jamie Cording, who admitted he’d never played any worse. At the same time, I know I’ve never played any better.
As a relative newcomer to the game, I went round Bradley Park in 108, which I’m pretty proud about.
I know many keen golfers will find that highly amusing, but I will improve, make no mistake about it, particularly after such an impressive victory over Jamie. I’ve now got some momentum firmly behind me.
At the moment, Danny Brough and Danny Kirmond are the top two in a very healthy number of golfers at the Giants.
But it’ll only be a matter of time before I begin to threaten their dominance. They have been warned!