THIS was a really tough game, and I’ve got the scars to prove it!
My finger hurt like hell after having it dislocated and then put back in early in the game.
The good thing is that I’ll obviously be fine for next week, and I suppose if we had won it wouldn’t have hurt quite so much!
It goes without saying that everyone was disappointed that we didn’t finish the regular season with a win.
But the main thing was that we’ve still reached the play-offs and we still finished fifth.
We went in to the game knowing that if we lost this match by more than one point then Wigan would jump above us and we’d end up sixth.
But I don’t think that was on the mind of any of us during the game when Rovers went one point ahead with Paul Cooke’s late drop goal.
Our only real thought at that stage was to go on and win the game, because we felt we were strong enough to do so.
And, ideally, we wanted to go into the play-offs on the back of an excellent win. Unfortunately, that wasn’t to be.
However, we did get a tough work-out, which we really wanted going into the start of the play-offs.
We know that next week’s game at Hull will be a highly intense affair played out in front of a very passionate set of fans.
That’s what we got at Hull KR on Saturday night.
So, rather than feeling deflated at losing, we’re using this defeat as a wake-up call at just the right time.