The Challenge Cup draw took place this week and I was pleased with how it went for us.
You don’t want to be facing Wigan or Leeds in the first round and we’ve got a good draw there in Hemel.
They’ll be really up for it being a lower league team and it’s a great opportunity for them and a great chance for them to play against Super League opposition.
It’s something they’ll be really looking forward to and I’m sure something they’ll be fired up for.
It’s going to be tough but it’s the best thing we could have hoped for to play a lower division team.
We’ll have to put on a professional performance against them and show why we’re the full-time outfit. We’ll be expected to come out on top and we should come out on top so it’s a good draw for us.
I watched the game against Wigan, it was really tough for the boys with 12 men but they showed a lot of character against a very good Wigan team and they could have put a few more points on them and made it look a lot better than it did. But to score 24 points against them is a really good achievement with 12 men.
I had a sore knee so couldn’t play. I played in both Easter games and took a bit of a knock to it in the Hull game so the best thing was to give it a week off rather than play on and make it worse.
I’ll be back for Warrington this weekend and we’re looking for a bit of continuity now.
On the back of a decent performance it gives you a bit more confidence to go into the next game against another good team.
We’ve got to take positives from the Wigan game but also improve on the negative aspects of that performance and that’s what we’ll be looking to do against Warrington.
You look at last season and after Easter that’s when we really picked up and got on a bit of a charge so a win this weekend would be really good, especially at home.
There’s still a really good atmosphere within the squad but we need to start winning a few more games and it’ll be a great opportunity this weekend against a good team in Warrington.
There’s been plenty of tough love around this place so Richie Mathers has not had too much sympathy from the boys after his injury at Wigan!
There’s been plenty of banter. He’s had an Oscar-winning performance so we’ve knocked him an Oscar up for when he gets back.
He’s doing regular question and answer sessions on Twitter while he’s off, he’s had some stick about that!