Talking Sport - Warriors won’t take Rovers lightly

Paul Kendrick
Paul Kendrick

THIS weekend sees Warriors back on the Wembley trail, with Hull KR the first hurdle in front of Shaun Wane’s men.

It’s less than a fortnight since Rovers were sent back to Humberside with their tails between their legs after a 60-0 beating.

Rovers have offered fans who sat through that drubbing a free ticket for Friday’s game at the Leigh Sports Village.

It has become increasingly common for clubs in rugby and football to recompense supporters following embarrassing defeats.

But I’d suggest most of the Rovers faithful would have appreciated a refund rather than the prospect of sitting through a similarly uncomfortable evening.

Obviously this is a different game, a different competition, and in theory that game should have no bearing on this one. And coach Wane will ensure there won’t be any hint of complacency in the camp with the carrot of Wembley on the line.

IN any sport, you want your best team out there at all times to try to ensure success.

Apart from, it seems, when we’re talking about the England cricket team and Kevin Pietersen.

Okay, Pietersen hasn’t helped himself in the past, and absolutely needed to be punished for what he’d said and done.

But enough already.

I don’t care if his return might ruffle the feathers of a few team-mates.

Andy Cole and Teddy Sheringham famously didn’t speak at Manchester United, yet careful management of the situation saw them both prove to be vital cogs in the club’s success.

As the England side struggles in all forms of the game, our greatest talent continues to sit on the outside looking in.

And that’s not right.

The argument that Pietersen’s return would affect the morale of the dressing room is a non-starter.

The best way of improving morale is to win games.

The best way of winning games is to pick your best player.

Pietersen’s triple-century for Surrey on Monday could not have been better timed, ahead of his meeting with England’s new director of cricket Andrew Strauss.

But still the door remains firmly shut on Pietersen’s international career.

Pietersen has been prepared to forgive and forget Strauss’ infamous ‘off-air’ comment about his ex-team-mate that turned the air blue.

It’s a shame for English cricket and its supporters – in an Ashes year – that Strauss hasn’t been able to follow suit.

THE news of the passing of Danny Jones last week rocked the sporting world to its core.

A 29-year-old in peak physical fitness succumbing to a heart attack during a rugby league game.

The sight of his widow Lizzie carrying on five-month-old twins Bobby and Phoebe on to the pitch before Keighley’s clash with Coventry at the weekend was simply heartbreaking.

Hopefully they’ll be in some way comforted by the incredible response from the rugby league community in raising well over £100,000 – and counting – for the Jones family.