Captain’s Column: Victory at Widnes can act as spark to get a good run of results going

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We keep saying we need to get a good run of results going and tonight at Widnes is a good opportunity to do that.

They are at the same end to the table as us and they’ll be looking to get a couple of wins to push themselves up the table themselves so it’s a really important game for us.

They’re playing really well at home so it’ll be a tough challenge but we’re confident of going there and doing a job.

We’ll be playing on the ‘i-pitch’ again - we were the first team on it last year and it was frozen that night so it wasn’t the nicest pitch to play on, but a few people have said it isn’t as bad as that normally.

It’s the same for everybody and it’s only one game a season so you just have to get on with it and put it to the back of your mind and go out there and do a job, we’re professionals for a reason.

I think we’re doing a bit of alternative training at the start of the week instead of our rehab session after Widnes.

Rich normally likes to throw one in but it’s always something he’s really good at and something none of the boys are good at!

He sometimes takes us to the squash, he gets plenty of practice in. Malcolm Willstrop at Pontefract Squash Club has given him some lessons I think so Rich likes to take us down there and show us how good he is at playing it!

The Challenge Cup fifth round draw took place on Monday and I don’t think it was a bad draw for us.

Obviously we’ve played Hull FC once this season and probably let ourselves down a little bit.

It’s a one-off game and I think the Challenge Cup suits us. We won’t be saying we’re going out there for revenge but we know where we are with them now, we’ve got a bit of knowledge of them so it should be a good game.

We had a couple of young lads in Danny Maskill and Ben Shulver make their debuts for us against Hemel.

Danny did a good job in such an influential position and Shulvs has been training with us a couple of weeks. He’s signed a full-time deal now and that’s testament to how well he’s done and how well he’s settled into the full time environment.

It’s a tricky thing to do and it can be quiet daunting coming into a full time squad but he’s not looked out of place.

Justin Poore took the captain’s armband on Saturday and he did a good job, he’s an experienced player and it was good for the players around him too.

I don’t think my position is threatened yet, although they might be creating a little splinter group to get me out!

- Danny.