Roden cracks the whip

Date published: Wednesday, August 15, 2012

MARTIN Roden is calling on Oldham RL players to tackle like they’ve never tackled before against Workington at Whitebank on Sunday.

Roughyeds have let in 16 tries in two games — eight at Barrow in Tony Benson’s swan song and eight at home against Doncaster with Roden in charge for the first time.

The caretaker boss cracked the whip at training last night.

He was in the team that won 24-14 at Workington on the first day of the league season and he wants his men to complete their first double in their last home game of a bitterly-disappointing 2012 campaign.

“We spent more than an hour last night on sorting out the defence,” said Roden.

“We are trying to get everyone on the same wavelength by working on line unison and line speed.

“To concede 46 points at home, as we did on Sunday, is simply not good enough.

“By the same token, we shouldn’t be losing at home if we’ve scored 22 points — that’s what I was always taught anyway.

“It’s all down to whether we take pride in doing the graft and keeping our line intact.”

Winger Chris Murphy was in for treatment on a dead leg and remains doubtful for weekend.

Lucas Onyango (chest) did some of the training, but sat out contact drills.

He is, however, expected to be fully fit by game day, as is his centre David Cookson (thigh), who will be assessed later in the week.

Reserve team coach Paul Ashton will be keeping fingers crossed that Roden won’t call on John Gillam, Mark Brocklehurst or Liam Gilchrist, who all played in the second team’s play-off win at Halifax last Friday which earned Roughyeds a visit to Featherstone this Saturday (5.30) in the final.

Said Roden: “It will be Thursday at the soonest before I know exactly what the situation is.

“The only thing I will say at this stage is that I don’t want anyone doubling up in both games, as Gilchrist did last week.

“It’s too much to play Friday and Sunday and it would be even worse this weekend because the games are on Saturday and Sunday.”