Well what an Easter weekend that was! I hope you all enjoyed it and didn’t overdo it on the chocolate eggs!
First of all I have to look back at the Widnes game the other week and express just how disappointed we were after that match. Going into it we were unbeaten at home in the league for a long long time, a record we were extremely proud to hold and something which we worked hard for. For all that to come to an end hit us very hard. We started well and it was looking good but our game management was a little off and we were punished for that in the second half.
As disappointing as that result was, it did give us the motivation to give the heavy Easter period everything we had. Good Friday is always one of those games where no matter what a win is what you want. It’s a very hostile environment for both fans and players at St Helens but the following we had was incredible and massively helped us out.
I’m not a local lad, but I still get that special feeling when I pull on the Cherry and White jersey against St Helens. We haven’t lost on a Good Friday since I arrived at Wigan, I’m not sure if I can take credit for that one though, but I’d like to think I’ve made an impact. The game itself was great, we looked a lot better as a pack, it was just a shame we couldn’t get a few more points on the board. I think the most important thing for a lot of people was getting the win and being able to celebrate it together as part of the brilliant atmosphere our fans created.
It was a very short turnaround to the game on Easter Monday, this period of the season is a very big mental battle, and you only have a short time to rest up and prepare for the next one. It’s got to be said that the games aren’t always the best of quality, in most cases it’s just a case of winning ugly, but winning. Personally, I don’t enjoy this part of year, it’s tiring and a huge expectation on your body, the days between the matches are spent in recovery rather than training, so it is a big shake up on the usual routine.
We finished the Easter weekend with a win against Hull KR, it wasn’t an easy match by any means, both sides had a lot of key players missing, and Rovers definitely threw everything they had at us, but we managed and it was good to get the two from two in such a tough few days.
It was announced today that my old mucker Dan Sarginson and Josh Charnley are to leave at the end of the season. It’s always tough to see a team mate go, they’re two top blokes and we are determined to make sure they leave Wigan with a winners medal or two!
Hopefully you can join us on Friday when we go into a top of the table clash with Warrington, I’m sure that’s going to be a good one!