What a difference in a week !

Date published: Monday, June 16, 2014
WHAT a difference a week can make in rugby league !
Seven days after admitting he was “embarrassed” by his side’s flimsy defence at Hemel, Scott Naylor watched Oldham throw up the barricades and man them with pride and passion to keep their try line intact in a 58-2 triumph against South Wales Scorpions.

South Wales were restricted to a penalty goal by Paul Emanuelli on the stroke of half-time and other than that they hardly ever looked like scoring.
Oldham, meanwhile, kept their fans in good voice by slamming ten tries past a worn-out, weary Welsh defence, including three by mighty Mo Agoro and two from big Ben Wood on his return to the side after several weeks on the sidelines.
Naylor was chuffed with that . . . but no more so than he was with his side’s willingness to fight to the death to keep the Welsh at bay
“This time we were hard-working and aggressive in defence and any side that claims to have anything about it needs to be big on defending,” said the Oldham boss.
“That’s what this sport is all about. What you do off the ball is just as important, if not more so, than what you do in possession.
“Those qualities were missing from our make-up at Hemel, but it’s nice to see that we have enough quality in the side to bounce back from a blip and get ourselves back on track.
“It’s also good to know that when we have to go into a game without a player like Danny Langtree we can come up with a formula in which other players successfully step up to the mark.
“I’m thinking of George Tyson, who started alongside Josh Crowley in the second row, and Ben Wood, who came into the 17 on the bench, looked very much at home in the forwards, and scored a couple of very good tries.
“We played good solid rugby in the first half and then opened up a bit in the second when we a lot more expressive.
“We looked like a TEAM and in rugby league that’s a massive thing.
“What really pleased me was that we were still working hard to stop them scoring a try in the last few minutes — that’s a very good sign.
“It wouldn’t be fair to pick out individuals because all 17 played well. Where do you start and where do you finish ?”