The weekend was a tough one on the back of a disappointing result against New Zealand.
There were plenty of positives to take away from the game though. I actually thought that we were the better side but there were times when we needed to be smarter in what we did and that’s exactly what Wayne Bennett said to us.
It was a performance that we can be proud of in terms of effort but we need to be slicker with the ball.
I’m not going to lie, I was gutted that I wasn’t selected for the game but I can’t be too down about it. I am going to train hard again this week and hopefully I will get the chance to play on Saturday against Scotland.
Wayne had a chat with me after deciding on the team and he told me why I had not been selected. The talk was pretty positive and I took a lot of things from it and I will work on them so I can hopefully make the cut in the remaining games.
Speaking of Scotland, they are the underdogs of the tournament but we cannot underestimate them in any way, shape or form. They will have a lot of energy and a lot of enthusiasm against us but I think we can trouble them more as the game goes on. We’re not assuming that we will beat Scotland though because they have a lot of quality players in their side plus Steve McCormack is a great head coach and mentor.
It’s going to be fun going up against one of my best mates Lewis Tierney. He’s already said that he’s going to run at me so we’ll see what happens there. We haven’t played against each other since we were playing amateur rugby around seven or eight years ago so it should interesting to say the least!
We had two days off following the game against the Kiwis but now it is now back to working hard in the build up to the double header at Coventry on Saturday.
I don’t think any of us have ever played at the Ricoh Arena but it looks a great stadium and I’m sure it will be buzzing. The fans are always quality for an England v Scotland game in any sport, never mind rugby league so it should be a really good occasion and one that I and the rest of the lads are really looking forward to.
I think there are limited tickets remaining so get yours now! I and the rest of the England team appreciate the support as always.
I have to go, see you Saturday hopefully! George