The Liam Farrell Column: We didn’t show Vikings right respect

Warriors players congratulate Josh Charnley after his try against Widnes
Warriors players congratulate Josh Charnley after his try against Widnes

WE preserved our year-long winning run at home in Super League last Friday night, but no-one felt like celebrating. We were far from at our best in the 20-10 win against Widnes.

I’ve said before, it was a match which earlier in the year we probably would have lost. We got to a point where we needed to step it up a gear because we were cruising, and we managed to do that to put the result to bed. But in hindsight, we probably needed to show them more respect.

We need to put some distance between ourselves and the chasing pack – and try to climb as high as we can

Liam Farrell

It’s almost a given that we’ll be scratchy against sides lower down the table, and it’s not a good thing to admit to. We’ve no excuses for it - we speak about it all week, yet when it comes to the game, the same thing happens.

The positive is we’re getting some wins without playing well - against opponents who up their game - but we can’t keep doing it. It’s something we know we need to sort out. We’ve got one more game before the Super 8s begin though, in truth, it won’t make too much difference to us.

We carry all our points forwards, so tomorrow’s match at Hull FC is just as important as any of the seven which follow.

They are a top-eight side, a big club with some good players. Gareth Ellis will be missing, which is a blow for them, but they’ve had some other players who have been in great form such as Mark Minichiello and Tom Lineham.

It’s obviously a top-four play-offs at the end of the year, and we need to put some distance between ourselves and the chasing pack – and try to climb as high as we can.

It’s got to a point now where I’m looking out for other results to go our way.

Last Saturday, I was really hoping Catalans would win because that would have given us a five-point buffer on Huddersfield, but they managed to sneak it.

It should make for an interesting run-in.

The make-up of the Super 8s seems to be sorted out, with a game spare.

Widnes, Salford, Hull KR and Wakefield can all play well on their day.

Three of those clubs have taken points off us this year - Hull KR knocked us out of the Challenge Cup - so they aren’t bad sides.

That said, I still think one of them might miss out on a place in Super League next year. Why? Because I’ve seen enough of Leigh this season to think they’ll get one of the spots in the top-flight. I’m not sure who they’ll dislodge, and it’s going to be interesting.

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I CAUGHT a bit of The Open at the weekend. I was hoping Jordan Spieth would win – for a guy who’s 21, and has already won two Majors this year, it would have been phenomenal. With the weather improving, a few of the lads have had the clubs out in recent weeks. I’ve been invited along but I’ve declined. I’m awful. Every so often I’ll hit a good shot and I think I’ve cracked it.... and then I’ll slice my next one. I’d like to think I’m pretty good all-rounder – especially anything with a racquet – but I just can’t play golf.