Chance to “put things right”….Palfrey

Date published: Friday, July 25, 2014
LEWIS Palfrey has welcomed the chance for his Oldham RL team to “put things right” in a tough game against Hunslet Hawks.
Speaking ahead of the second v third clash at Whitebank on Sunday (3pm), and in the wake of that dreadful 54-12 thrashing at leaders York, the Roughyeds captain said there was no better time for testing themselves against the Hawks.
When they met at the South Leeds Stadium in April, Hawks won 38-12, but Oldham then went on a run of eight wins from nine games until they crashed from their pedestal big style at York.
Said Palfrey: “Whenever Scott (head coach Naylor) has asked us for a big response in the past we’ve always delivered.
“Understandably in the circumstances, he has questioned our mental toughness and now we have a great opportunity to show him what we’re made of. York apart, we couldn’t get a tougher challenge than going had to head with Hunslet.
“I can’t speak for the other lads on this but, from a personal point of view, I was one very embarrassed captain walking off that pitch at York, and I don’t ever again want to experience anything like that.
“We had a tough video session on Tuesday. Some harsh words were spoken and hopefully we can now put all that behind us, learn from it, and play like the REAL Oldham this weekend.
“Hawks touched us up in the second half at their place, but even though we didn’t show it last week, I think we’ve improved massively since early in the season.
“It’s going to be another big test against a side that was playing Championship rugby this time last year, but we are looking forward to putting things right.”
Hawks boss Barry Eaton will have a late fitness check on James Coyle (calf), but Thomas Coyle. his brother, should be fit after missing their last game.
Said Eaton: “Oldham are unbeaten at home – the only Championship One team with that record —- and they’ll be proud of that. We’ll have to be on fire to get the right result.”