So, our roving reporter, Des Hickie, described Saturdays win at Wharfedale as the best team performance of the season. How do you rate it?
I would definitely put it up there with one of the most satisfying victories we’ve had this season.
It hasn’t been happy hunting ground for us in recent seasons and it can be a really hostile environment when the crowd get behind the home team, so we knew it would require something special to come away with five points.
We had the conditions in our favour in the first half and we took full advantage of that by keeping hold of the ball well. Shay scored a great try with some excellent support play, Woodsy got in on the action from our rolling maul and it opened up for Fodes to go over later on in the half too.
The second half was the more impressive half for me, as we were playing into the wind, going up the hill and knew Wharfedale would come at us. However, we didn’t let that break our focus – we made it very difficult for Wharfe to make any ground and were composed when in possession.
We’ll take a lot of confidence from that win – it shows we’re a force to be reckoned whether we’re at home or away.
5 games to go. Still eyes on the prize? What has to be done in the remaining games to ensure the title can be brought back to Hare Lane?
So, our next 5 games are against the 3rd to 7th placed teams in the league who are all looking to finish as well as possible. I don’t think we could have had a tougher end to the season if we tried! I’m genuinely excited because every game is going to be a real challenge.
This will be a massive test of character for all of the boys. It’s the first time for a lot of the squad that they’ve been in this type of position and dealt with being chased by the pack. We’re in a good place though as we have a core group of senior players who share the responsibility of leading, making decisions and taking the pressure off. I think that’s why we’re so good right now as a collective – the mix between youth and experience is just right.
Our focus is on our own goals and our own performances – we’ll block out any external factors and do what we do best.
Updated 02:49 - 15 Mar 2019 by Tim Carty