Tony’s comments

Date published: Monday, April 26, 2010

TONY Benson, the Roughyeds boss, knows he will have some difficult selection decisions to make this week ahead of our game at Doncaster next Monday, kick-off 3.00pm.

Jason Boults, Ben Heaton and Mark Brocklehurst were rested for the game against Gateshead and the trio of players who came in — Luke Sutton, Ian Hodson and John Gillam — all played well.

Kashley Watkins is also pushing for a call-up after missing nearly all the season so far with a broken wrist.

Marcus St Hilaire (shoulder), Paul O’Connor (shoulder) and Dave Ellison (knee) picked up knocks in the Gateshead game, but early indications suggest that none is too serious and that the players concerned will be available to make the Bank Holiday Monday trip to the Keepmoat Stadium.

Tony summed up as follows after the Gateshead game: “We took a little while to get on our game and in the first ten to 15 minutes, when we were penalised three times, I thought it was going to be a case of ‘here we go again’.

“We had been penalised five times by half-time and we talked about it and set ourselves a target of no more than two penalties for the whole of the second half. We did in fact achieve that so it was pleasing.

“We got a bit giddy in the first half because we found holes all over the place and we strayed away from what we were trying to do. The second half was a lot better because we did what we had prepared and planned to do, but we bombed a few tries and that was disappointing.

“Our defence was generally good, as it has been throughout, but the difference this time was that our attacking momentum was much improved and that should raise our confidence and help us to go back to where we were a few weeks ago.

“A lot of players had good individual games, but the work of the forwards is often overlooked and we need to remember that the the boys on the outside can only function effectively if their team mates in the forwards are doing the heavy stuff well in the middle of the field.

“The boys are not exactly jumping up and down in the dressing room at the win, but they have reason to be well satisfied with themselves.

“Doncaster next Monday will be a tough game and I have a few tough decisions to make on selection. I don’t suppose I will be the most popular fellow in the camp but that’s my joband that’s what being a coach is all about.”