Holmes: ‘I’ve never been fitter

Date published: Thursday, March 19, 2015
OLDHAM RL Club’s young centre Jack Holmes believes Roughyeds can give a good account of themselves in Sunday’s cup-tie against Sheffield Eagles.

Nobody expects Scott Naylor’s League One minnows to overturn a big Sheffield side that lies third in the Championship behind Leigh Centurions and Bradford Bulls with four wins from five games.
Their last defeat was a 19-10 loss at Dewsbury Rams on February 13.
Major cup upsets are rare in rugby league now, but Oldham take comfort from knowing that, come Sunday at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster (3pm kick-off), they will be as well prepared as they possibly can be.
They go into this Ladbrokes Challenge Cup fourth-round tie having amassed 22 tries and 120 points in two cup wins against Coventry at Whitebank and another at Barrow where, after a dodgy first 12 minutes, they rattled up 32 unanswered points.
New-boy Holmes (21), second youngest member of the squad, played full-back in the first game and centre in the other two.
“Since joining Oldham I’ve got my confidence back and I’m enjoying rugby again,” said the former Salford and Halifax utility back.
“Since the pre-season games, we’ve gelled as a team and we are completing a lot more sets than we did in the friendlies.
“We’ve worked hard on our discipline which, in turn, has allowed us to stick to our game plans much better than we did in the warm-up matches.
“Fitness wise, we’ve been really hammered in pre-season training and its our fitness and stamina that has allowed us to dominate opponents in our three games so far.
“I’ve never been fitter, even when I was full time at Salford, and I’m sure that goes for a lot of the other lads as well.”
Medical updates from Oldham’s camp read like this:
Danny Langtree (hamstring): Back in full training with the  squad for the first time in several weeks. If he repeats it tonight, without adverse reaction, he will be available for selection.
Michael Ward (head injury): Did light work with the physio on Tuesday, while the squad engaged on contact training. Said to be ‘not himself’. Will be monitored closely for the next few days.
George Tyson (leg): Fit and ready to go. Taken off near the end at Barrow with cramp in calf, but merely as a precaution.
Lewis Palfrey (shoulder): Excused from heavy contact work this week, but improving daily and expected to be in the selection mix.