I JUST don’t get this English weather at all!
I thought we had a pretty peculiar climate back home in New Zealand – we certainly get our fair share of rain, that’s for sure – but there’s nothing to match what we’ve experienced over here over the past few seasons.
This time last year, I was complaining that it was the hottest it’s ever been during the Super League era, and that it was proving almost impossible to train and play in such unrelenting heat.
Twelve months down the track, and it’s all rain, rain, rain.
Last weekend was the real pick of the bunch.
It was incredibly wet for the Wigan v Leeds Sky TV game last Thursday and it was even wetter for the Bradford v St Helens televised game the following night.
And by the time we took to the field to face Wakefield on Sunday it was still raining!
Fortunately, that didn’t prove a major obstacle for us in the end as we turned on the style in the second half to bring a disappointing run to an end.
Some of our attacking play as we quickly turned round a 13-0 half-time deficit was a joy to behold, and many people have remarked on how good our handling was given the dreadfully wet conditions.
A number of them didn’t believe it was possible to demonstrate such skill when it was raining so heavily.
But they probably forget that over the past few months we’ve had to spend a fair amount of time training in the horrible stuff!
In other words, we’ve got used to working with the Super League balls when they’re wet, and there’s no doubt that benefited us significantly at the Wildcats.
We do, of course, use the fantastic Sportsbarn on Leeds Road on a number of occasions to do some of our skills work.
But it’s still vitally important to work in the wet because you know those are the conditions you’re likely to face come the weekend.
That’s why we knew we were still well in the game at half-time, even though we were 13-0 down and were having to prepare to play second-half catch-up.
Even though we were three scores behind, we didn’t feel unduly concerned.
I think we all walked into the dressing rooms at half-time with our energy levels high and with an incredibly strong determination to get straight back out and rip into them.
One of the boys said during the break that victory would feel ‘oh so sweet’ if we managed to turn it all around.
And, take it from me, it did.
Although recent results hadn’t gone our way, we all still had total belief in what we were doing.
But we knew the key was to prove it by getting those wins back on the board.
We’ve now done that and it’s time to start pushing on again.
All eyes are now back on finishing in the top six, which we know we can still definitely achieve.
Obviously, if we fail to collect a win at Harlequins tomorrow we’ll have taken another step back.
But the confidence inside the camp remains high and we know we can win enough games to make the play-offs, whether it’s wet or dry!