The Liam Farrell Column: Good to have George back at very least...
It was great to have George Williams back in the side last Thursday.
Even though he came on at hooker, I think he looked quite sharp and once he gets up and running, I’m sure you’ll see a change to our team.
He adds an attacking threat to our side.
His return was one of the positives from our 40-10 loss at Warrington.
Before the game, even though we had a lot of injuries, I still thought we were capable of winning.
We did a lot of video on stopping Warrington getting a roll on, but it’s a lot harder to do it in practice.
Chris Hill would take one carry and then players like Matty Russell and Daryl Clark would jump on the back of it, and it spirals from there.
It was disappointing we finished with that final scoreline, we don’t want to make excuses because they were deserved winners, but I’m keen to see how we perform with a full team.
Congratulations to Wigan Athletic on effectively winning the League One title.
It’s great for the town and I hope it carries on, because I want to see them back in the Premier League.
Mentioning the Premier League, how good was it to see Leicester City win the title?
I’m not jumping on the bandwagon – like some of the lads are – but it’s impossible not to be impressed at what they have done, especially in that league with so many other rich clubs.
It’s got to tank among the best sporting achievements I’ve ever seen.
Australia have called up Semi Radradra for their Test against New Zealand.
He’s Fijian, but he qualifies for the Kangaroos on the basis that he has lived in Australia for three years.
I’m a bit of a traditionalist, I think you should play for the country you were born. Or, if your parents are from another country, then I can understand why you would want to represent that nation.
But I don’t think living in a country for three years should qualify a player to represent that country. It just doesn’t seem right.
I know other countries - and a lot of other sports - use the residency rule, but I think rugby league needs to address the issue. With nearly all the professional clubs in Australia and England, then it risks weakening the smaller, developing nations if we go down that route.
We turn our focus to the Challenge Cup this weekend, and Sunday’s trip to Dewsbury.
I’ve played in these kinds of games and they really are tough places to go.
They are not under a bit of pressure - all the pressure is on us - and they will go into it desperate to impress. It’s only natural.
They’ll be fired up and aggressive and we need to make sure we match it.
My rib injury has eased a bit. I’ve stated doing some upper-body weights and running in training, so fingers crossed I’ll be back soon.
I may even be fit for the home game against Hull FC next week, we’ll just see how it goes before then.