You’ve had an extra day this week to prepare for Saturday’s trip to Castleford after it was originally scheduled for tomorrow. Has that been a godsend?
I suppose you could say the extra day has been a bit of an advantage.
It’s obviously a demanding time of the year, with the game last Friday and then a second on the Monday.
But the fact the switch to Saturday was only made a couple of weeks ago means we were ready and preparing to play tomorrow and had put things in place for that.
Having said that, I’m not really bothered what day we’re playing, as long as we do the right things leading up to it and take that into the game itself.
To be honest, we’re blessed with a decent depth of squad at the Giants, so I expect us to be in reasonable shape this weekend.
But I also know there are a number of teams who haven’t got that much squad depth, which is down to the fact the player pool in this country isn’t that big.
And that was clearly reflected in some of the one-sided scorelines we had the other day.
They key this year is to prepare the best you can, which is what we’re attempting to do.
Despite those scores, do you still remain a fan of the Easter programme?
It’s something that’s been part of the rugby league calendar for as long as I’ve known.
Like I said last week, we all know what to expect at this time of the year and we have to deal with it accordingly.
But, as I’ve already said, it’s at this time of the year that the clubs with the bigger squads reap their rewards.
Our attitude is that you’ve just got to get on with it, and moaning about it is a waste of time and energy.
Yes, playing Friday and Monday is a challenge to everyone – one which we should all embrace – but it is quite normal for clubs to play Sunday and then Friday, when the break isn’t that much greater, is it?
When it was obvious Monday’s home game against Widnes was won, did you turn one eye to Saturday and start resting players?
Not really. There was just an opportunity generally to rest and rotate the side, regardless of what was ahead of us.
And, after the events at Salford just a few days earlier, there was a very conscious effort not to think about the Castleford game.
Probably, my failing last Friday was the fact I did have one eye on what was coming up in the next few weeks before we’d played Salford.
That could have pushed through to the players as a result.
So straight after Friday my attentions were 100% focused on Widnes and, as soon as that game had gone, it was all about Castleford.
What happened at Salford proved beyond doubt we can’t afford to get too far ahead of ourselves as a group.
We now know if we do that we’ll get what we deserve and get beaten.
So, against Widnes, we went out there with a lot of intent in what we wanted to do and got the result we were all desperate to achieve.
You were able to give Luke George a run-out off the bench against Widnes. It was his first game in over a month, so how did you think he did?
He did make the contribution we had hoped.
I’m sure one or two eyebrows were raised when it was announced a back would be sat on the bench.
But as soon as he came on he made sure he was involved.
He wasted little time again showing he’s got speed, because when he gets the opportunity he can finish.
The key to the Widnes win was again a good all-round team effort. But who do you feel deserves the credit?
I thought our main playmakers, Danny Brough, Luke Robinson, Scott Grix and Shaun Lunt, all had a big bearing on the game.
I also thought Dale Ferguson played particularly well, while Larne Patrick and Jamie Cording made the most of getting some extra minutes under their belts in the Widnes game.
Jamie got a longer run because we were able to use Brett Ferres more sparingly. After playing all 80 minutes so far this year, it was good to give him a little under 40 minutes and re-charge some of his batteries.
Then, of course, we were all delighted to see Michael Lawrence return as effectively as he did.
For him to be back out on a competitive field just 10 weeks after undergoing major ankle surgery was a credit not only to himself but also our medical team.
Bruno looked incredibly strong for a first run-out – and a full 80 minutes at that! – and we all know there will be plenty more to come.