Nathan Brown answers the questions put by Examiner Rugby League writer CHRIS ROBERTS
HAVE you had any more thoughts on Castleford coach Terry Matterson’s accusations that your team is guilty of ‘grapple tackling’, or have you drawn a line under it?
As far as I’m concerned it’s all gone now.
I’ve spoken to (RFL referees’ chief) Stuart Cummings and he acknowledges the club doesn’t have a problem.
As long as the referees are made aware of that fact, that’s the main thing.
But how disappointed were you with the comments Mr Matterson made and the fact it somewhat overshadowed what was a gutsy effort from your team?
The disappointing thing about it was the fact that what was said was rubbish.
As Stuart Cummings said himself, the comments weren’t true.
But what’s equally as disappointing is that there are also a couple of others out there who have been ringing around coming out with similar comments about us.
What was another disappointment was that it was unfair that the players who put in such hard work at Castleford the other night were penalised 14-5.
However, the pleasing thing about that was that we were still good enough to win.
And how good a win was it?
It was a great effort, and everyone tried really hard.
Another good thing was that we had limited goes down their end, but executed well and took those limited chances we created.
That was obviously pleasing, although we would have liked to have spent less time defending our own line.
Fortunately, the players all worked really hard for each other defensively, and I was delighted all that effort paid off.
But I still felt we were guilty of allowing a couple of ‘soft’ tries, which came as a result of people still learning about the new defensive system.
It takes time to take something like this on board, especially for younger players, but we’ll get there.
Judging by the way Harlequins have been playing, it’s going to be important to get the defence right for Sunday’s game at the Galpharm, isn’t it.
Definitely. I’ve already had a very reasonable look at them.
In their last two games they’ve scored well over 100 points and conceded very few, and that’s pretty damn impressive!
From looking at their games at the start of the season I thought they were a very hard-working team who work hard for each other.
But now it’s pretty clear what a major attacking threat they are, as they showed by scoring 60 points against Warrington last Saturday.
Warrington may have just had a change of coach and have been finding it tough going so far this year, but they’ve still got a lot of handy players and to score 60 against them takes a very special effort.
So we know we’re going to have to play very well against them.
It’s a game where we can’t afford to have some players good and some not so good. We’re going to need all 17 to be on board and produce a consistent performance if we’re going to stop them.
You must be delighted to have Eorl Crabtree and Simon Finnigan back in the frame this weekend, particularly as they’ve returned from injury slightly ahead of schedule.
It’s certainly a bonus for everyone here.
In their absence I’ve been delighted with the way some of the younger players have stepped up.
But you have to be careful about how much time to give them at this stage of their development, so it’s good to have these two experienced players back.
Obviously, Larne Patrick is one of the youngers players, and he should be happy with the way he went at Castleford in his first game at Super League level.
Larne’s been doing well since he joined us, and he earned his place on merit.
And he rewarded us with a good 20-25 minutes, and at the age of 20 showed he has a great deal of potential.
And, talking about young players, how pleased were you with the way Michael Lawrence and Leroy Cudjoe played last weekend?
Once again, they both showed they’ve got talent.
It was a pretty tough game at Castleford, and they were just two of a number of relatively inexperienced players in the side.
In that sense, this game will have been an important learning curve for them and they’ll reap the benefits further down the line.
Their performances showed they should be good prospects for this club for a long period of time.
Finally, how important was that play by Michael Lawrence when he knocked the ball out of Brett Ferres’ arm as he attempted to touch the ball down.
It was very important and came at a crucial time in the game.
What was really pleasing was that Bruno (Lawrence) came up with a bit of an error just before the position was created for Ferres to score.
But rather than put his head down, he chased straight back and did everything to help the team out, which was obviously preventing a try.