FOR an opening-day display I suppose I couldn’t have asked for much more from my players at Catalans Dragons.
You would take a Super League win at such a tough place any day of the week.
I thought our pack did a great job against a big, physical French mob, and that helped our backs finish them off.
And I was also delighted with the style of play we adopted.
I’ve always been a coach who likes to see his side using the ball as much as possible, particularly if you’ve got handy centres like we have at the Giants.
On top of that, I also think the English style of play lends itself to a more open approach.
Overall, I thought we got the balance between keeping it tight and opening it up more or less right against the Dragons, and keeping the ball alive certainly helped tire the home pack at the end of both halves.
However, it may be the case this weekend that we look to try and strike a slightly different balance against St Helens. We’ll just have to wait and see.
But the biggest challenge I’ve set my players this weekend is that of trying to improve on last week’s performance.
Yes, there were good parts in the way we played, but there were also parts that were not so good – and the players have all been made very well aware of that fact.
I’ve always said from day one that my aim is to see an improvement week by week and for us to become as consistent as possible.
If we are to compete successfully against St Helens an improvement is vital, and that’s what we’ve been striving to achieve all week.
Everyone knows what a quality side they are, and that quality eventually came to the fore to help them beat Warrington.
We watched the Sky TV game between the two teams in France, and the Wolves did give it their best shot.
The problem, of course, was that they were unable to sustain that challenge for longer.
But if we can do what they failed to do and maintain the pressure, we’ll give ourselves the best possible chance.
It’s something I know we can do.”