Thanks to all of you who braved the cold on Saturday to see us start the season and get the win over in Salford.
I really enjoyed being back out there and playing again, before the game it was the first time in a long time I’ve been that nervous for a game. It was good nerves, excited nerves really, but it was great to be back on the field. It could have been the perfect start back for me, but fair play to Salford they held me up over the line, I’ll have to wait for one of my rare tries yet.
In the first half against Salford we had the ball a lot and put some points on them with some good plays and good skill, but in the second half we allowed them too much time on the ball, and if you give any good team that much of the ball they can punish you and Salford did that. There were maybe a few lapses in defence which we could have prevented but we’ll work on that and get it right for next week.
We look forward to the World Club game on Sunday now. It’s business as usual for us at training, big games like this usually look after themselves, if you can’t build yourself up for a game of this standard then you’re probably in the wrong sport. To be crowned the best team in the World is quite something, and that’s something we want to do. Some of our players have won everything else, but this one has eluded them, so we’ve had a lot of emphasis on it for the past few months and it’s one that we really want to win. To create history with this team would be really special.
We want to put in a good performance, not only for ourselves and the fans, but for Super League as a whole. The Series has been a bit disappointing for us Super League sides over the past few years where we haven’t managed to topple the NRL sides, but this year I think ourselves and Warrington no doubt too, are really prepared.
Only one team a year gets this opportunity to try and win some silverware at the start of the season, luckily this year it is us. Waney loves winning with Wigan and he loves winning trophies, it’s in his blood and that rubs off on us lads. There was a lot of talk when Leeds won the treble in 2015, it was a great achievement for them, but as it stands we have the chance to win four trophies this year. How can you not get excited about that? We have a great team, and the World Club Challenge is one that as staff, fans, players and Wigan as a town are all looking forward to.
I think it’s going to be a fantastic game, I really do. They’re obviously the best team in their competition for a reason, and it’s the same for us over here, so it should be a real good test on the day.
See you back at the DW on Sunday,