How Scott saw it

Date published: Monday, September 30, 2013

HIDING his hurt and bitter disappointment in order to be magnanimous in defeat, Scott Naylor conceded that Rochdale were the better side on the day and deserved to win their first silverware in 91 years with their 32-18 defeat of Roughyeds in the play-off final at Leigh.

They scored 20 unanswered points in the last quarter to break Oldham hearts and to plunge the Roughyeds to their fifth play-off final defeat in seven years.

Naylor, who always calls it as he sees it, good or bad, said: “I have no complaints whatsoever about the manner of Rochdale’s win.

“Their players did their jobs extremely well. They played the right kind of grand-final rugby and in the end it came good for them.

“They completed their sets, commanded lots of field position and worked hard.

“I feel for my lads because the season is over now, there’s no comeback next week, and we’ve missed out on what we set our hearts on — promotion.

“They’ve given me 100 per cent and more since the start of pre-season training last November, but in rugby you don’t always get what you deserve (a reference perhaps to the fact that league runners-up Oldham finished NINE points ahead of third-placed Rochdale in the final table).

“We didn’t play to our best and we certainly haven’t finished the season playing as well as we did for most of the league campaign.

“Rochdale’s kicking game and the smartness of their hookers caused us a lot of problems.

“To be honest, when we went 18-12 up early in the second half I thought we were fortunate to be in that position.”