I realise the mood of the fans might not be as good as in recent weeks. I think everyone is aware now of how much of a struggle last week was for us as a team, but we don’t to dwell on it or use it as an excuse. To lose by such a margin was never something we expected, even with the things that affected us, we’re sorry about last weekend but will be sure to dust ourselves off and be ready to go again this Friday.
We had recovery on Monday morning then the afternoon off before a short but focused training session on Tuesday. Wednesday is our day off this week and then we’ll go through the Captain’s Run tomorrow ahead of the game on Friday. It’s a short week but the coaching staff and medical team have been great with us.
A lot of the boys are recovering well and are keen to get back on the field this week, as well as some of the lads who are coming back from injuries. We’ll be expecting the likes of Dom Crosby, Benny Flower and John Bateman available for us now, and some more coming back within the next few weeks, which is a big boost for us.
We’ve now got two home fixtures to look forward to as the Yorkshire boys Castleford and Huddersfield head to us. We’re on the back of a couple of losses, but we still sit joint second so we’re hoping to get back to winning ways and keep that pressure on. Every team that comes to play at the DW, comes with a desire to beat us because a win against Wigan is a huge result for any of the Super League teams. We’ve got plenty to throw at these teams though, so it could be a couple of exciting games.
Castleford are going well this year, so I don’t expect it to be easy for us at all. They have some fantastic individual players that we’ll have to keep a close eye on, players like Luke Gale who can punish you when he’s on top form. Huddersfield have had a real mixed year so far, but you can never underestimate a team in this competition, so I’m sure they’ll give us a good run too.
I better get back to the kids, its half-term so I’m enjoying extra dad duties this week!
See you Friday,