“We came back brilliantly”

Date published: Monday, June 3, 2013
SCOTT Naylor said he always believed Skolars would provide Roughyeds with one of their toughest games of the season.

They didn’t disappoint him.
“Once we slipped behind at 18-22 in the second half we summoned up the energy and the passion to come back brilliantly,” said the Oldham boss.

“Without any doubt at all, that was down to our fitness, mental toughness and insatiable desire to win the game. It was those qualities that got us home.

“London showed they have what it takes to win games. They have some very good players and coach Joe Mbu is clearly doing a very good job down there.

“We are a young side, as I keep stressing, and we were a bit edgy beforehand, knowing that we had to be at our best for the 80.

“I think our nervousness was evident in the number of mistakes we made with the ball in the early stages, although we generally defended well throughout the match apart from a couple of blips, one in each half, when we switched off for five or ten minutes.

“London had enough quality to take advantage and they made us pay with two tries in a five-minute spell in the first half and two more tries in two minutes at the start of the second half.

“We made so many mistakes early in the game that our set completion rate in the first 20 minutes was as low as 40 per cent, yet we found ourselves 12-0 by the middle of the first half thanks to two excellent tries by Richard Lepori and Phil Joy.

“That shows what type of a team we could be if we could find the formula to perform at our best, on attack and defence, for the full game and so put our opponents under more sustained pressure.

“Despite everything it was our third win in a row and our fourth in five and it was pleasing to see us scoring points and tries.

“It was the third consecutive game in which we have scored 30 or more points, and in those victories over Hemel Stags, Gateshead Thunder and London Skolars we have averaged 38 points per game while conceding, on average, 16 and a bit.

“We face a challenge of a different kind against unbeaten league leaders North Wales Crusaders at Wrexham next weekend.

“We’ll be ready.”