WERE you happy with what the side served up to secure the 40-12 triumph over Crusaders?
Overall, yes. We played a side that had lost their last two games on the bell (suffering last-minute defeats to Leeds and Salford) and have been causing sides lots of trouble.
Even though we were 18-0 up at half-time, I thought we were far more dominant than that.
They fought back a little bit at the start of the second half, but we were clearly the better team and the good thing was that we had to make some little adjustments to our game and improve a couple of key areas. Fortunately, all the signs were good the other day.
Does that include your goalline defence, which was an area that had been causing you some concern?
It does. Crusaders had a fair attack at different stages and did challenge us.
But, obviously, goalline defence was one part of our game that we’d been down on for a period, but on Sunday it’s the best it’s been for a while now, which was pleasing.
As I said, with the slight adjustments we made, things did improve.
The challenge now is to keep working harder to make sure the improvements continue.
So were you happy with the way everyone contributed?
Relatively happy. There’s no doubt everyone played their part in making this win possible.
Having said that, there might be one or two slight changes for the game at Warrington, with one being forced on us.
Darrell Griffin has picked up a slight knock and we’ll probably give him just the one week off to make sure he makes a full recovery.
He’s been one of our form players this week, and hopefully everyone will reap the rewards of this course of action later in the year.
How did you feel Gregg McNally played at full-back on his Super League debut?
He did a great job, did Sticksy.
He was nice and solid and safe. There’s no question he contributed.
But I think he’s got a lot of improvement in him. There were parts of his game where he probably thought he should have turned up in different positions.
Crusaders tested him out quite a few times, but he handled it well and backed that up by kicking six goals, three or four from the sidelines.
Yet, as a whole, it was a good solid debut, and probably the most important thing was that his teammates felt confident playing alongside him. That counts for a tremendous amount.
This doesn’t necessarily mean Sticksy will play at Warrington tomorrow night, but he is definitely in the running. He’s given himself an opportunity.
Were you also happy with the way regular full-back Scott Grix played at scrum-half?
Whether he’s playing at full-back, scrum-half or stand-off Grixy always does pretty well for us, doesn’t he?
And that was again the case when he played scrum-half against Crusaders.
With the way he plays full-back for us, he regularly adjusts between that and the halves, so we were always confident Grixy would do a good job. That’s exactly what he did.
Michael Lawrence was switched from the outside backs to the second row last weekend. Do you expect to make the move permanent?
Yes. I think we all definitely believe Bruno’s future lies in the second row.
This switch is something that’s been thought about for a long time now, but for a number of reasons we’ve not been able to do it.
But the time has now come to give him a shot and he played really well in the pack the other day.
Bruno’s going to be a good player there for a long time to come.
Danny Kirmond and Lee Gilmour have been playing well in recent weeks. What was the reason for making them 18th and 19th men against Crusaders.
In the case of Kirmo (18th man), he made way to allow us to give Bruno a go in the second row.
And Gilly’s problem was that he was struggling through illness.
He hasn’t missed a game for a long time, he’s 33 now and there seemed no need to kill him by forcing him to play.
Gilly does a very good job for us and we all know he’ll benefit from the time off.
He’ll be back this week, though, and you can tell he’s looking forward to it.
He’s looked like a teenager with the way he’s been training this week, so we’re all looking forward to seeing him back out there tomorrow night.
How pleased are you that the club has been able to offer Joe Wardle a contract extension?
It’s very good news.
Joe has thoroughly deserved this new deal.
Joe forced his way into the first team through his good form.
Since he came to the club in the off season he has worked hard and he looks a bright player, not only for now but also for the future.
He put in a good pre-season and that has transferred to the field.
He has forced his way into the team off the back of working hard on his game, both at training and through his own off-field life, doing the things that are required.
He is definitely an aggressive player in defence and, from an attacking point of view, he is a good line runner.