Captain’s Column: Broncos victory just the ticket ahead of another tough trip to face Hull FC

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Everyone played well in patches against London on Sunday and it was good to get the performance and even better to get the two points.

It was really important to get the win and keep in touch with the teams chasing that top eight and we managed to do that.

It was great to go into half-time with a 30-4 lead - I wish we could do that every week! It was an ideal lead but London came out fired up at the start of the second half and they managed to get themselves back in the game a bit.

We didn’t let them build on that though and I thought we showed plenty of character to finish the game well and score three tries to nullify their threat.

On a personal note it was great to get a hat-trick - it’s my first in Super League.

I thought the days of my scoring a hat-trick were behind me when I moved more into the middle!

It doesn’t really matter who gets over the line so long as we win but it’s nice to score, especially in front of the home fans, and I’ve managed to do it quite frequently of late.

I’ve not really been working on that part of my game in training, I think it just comes down to a lot of hard work in general.

I’ve also got to put it down to the team I have around me. I’ve got Dean Collis playing outside me, who’s got plenty of tries himself but I think I managed to pass him on Sunday!

Then there’s Timmy Smith and Paul Sykes who do a great job for the team and help set plenty of tries up for me and the rest of the boys.

Timmy has been great for us since he arrived but I think the return of Paul from injury has taken a bit of weight off his shoulders lately and we’ve seen what he can do with the ball.

It’s just a great place to be for me at the moment, we’re all friends and we all work hard for each other out on the pitch. I’m happy with my game at the moment.

I think the captaincy has helped me too.

Sometimes that kind of thing can put extra pressure on players and to be honest I was the kind of player who got nervous before matches. I thought being handed the captaincy would make that worse but it hasn’t.

I feel like, as captain, I need to be at my best every week, and even if I’m not playing at my top level I’ll always give it my all.

I’m not the kind of captain who will go around shouting at everyone but I like to lead by example.

Again, I’ve got experienced guys such as Tim Smith and the senior group of players helping out. Guys like Richie Mathers who have loads of experience and have played in the biggest games.

Now we look forward to Hull FC and we’ll be travelling over there just a few weeks after getting beat in the Challenge Cup.

I think they started to click into gear in that match but we felt we played quite well there and it was just a ten or 15 minute period that they ran away with it.

It’s another big game and we know if we can go there and get the win it will claw some more points back on them, and hopefully the play-offs.

We’re playing well at the moment so we go there in confident mood and I think it’ll be an exciting game to be involved in.

I’ve got to mention Frankie Mariano in this week’s column, but for his golfing skills.

He played in the golf event for Kirk Yeaman’s Testimonial Year and went round with a card of 127! He’s not that bad usually - I played with him a week ago, so he must have just had an off day.

I also have to give a mention to Sharlston Rovers for having the season they’ve had.

My uncle, Gordy Long, is coach there and my cousin, Gareth Davies, is a player there so I get along and watch them whenever I can.

They’ve won everything they’ve competed in this season and that’s a remarkable feat - I can’t believe they didn’t get the team of the year honour at the league awards!

- Danny