It is naïve in the extreme to imagine that you can turn up at St Helens looking like that, lose by 40 points and have nobody comment on it.
Shame about Royce Simmons. Top bloke, who proved last season that he is still a top coach as well.
I was still full of the euphoria of one of the most exciting games I’ve ever seen when I left the Stobart Stadium on Sunday.
Two visits to Langtree Park since I last blogged – both uplifting in their different ways.
Jamie Peacock goes to the Palace this week to pick up his MBE. The timing could hardly be better, because the effort he and his team-mates put in on Friday night is the sort of thing they should dish out gongs for.
After 40-odd years of watching and writing about this game, I thought I had my eyebrows under control. You have to, otherwise you spend all day raising and lowering them in varying degrees of incredulity.
If you had told me a few years ago that players would be sending out photos of their damaged body parts to all and sundry, I’d have surmised that you had stuck your head in one too many scrums.
It might not be the best side they have ever sent over here, but any team including Lockyer and Thurston is going to be hard to beat. At the very least, you need their opposite numbers to play out of their skins – and they just didn’t.
Every time I’ve been down to the England training camp at Loughborough I’ve come away a little bit happier. There is an atmosphere of unity and relaxed confidence in the squad that I haven’t often seen.
If there’s any better news for rugby league between now and the start of next season, I look forward to hearing it.
I refer, of course, to Sam Tomkins’ renewed commitment to staying in the code at which he excels.
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