The non-heartland clubs have none of the baggage of fhe past, much to prove and attain and will not be pushovers as was shown yesterday. The RFL will be ecstatic if two non-heartland clubs are promoted! We have to get our act together consistently to earn the reward of promotion and with such a short season we need to be up and running as I thought we were with victory at Oldham. The 70 loss to Bulls did not help. Given the stakes, I was shocked to see the start we gave SW and all credit to Hornets for the fightback, but none for losing in the final minute. Defence wins matches. The last minute loss will hurt and I hope that it proves the catalyst for the NW must win game and hopefully deny them a bonus point, all of which will be crucial come the end of season. If we lose out on promotion, it will be harder still next season with the newly relegated and stronger clubs in contention.
It will not get any easier if we were promoted given the experience and growing strength of the teams therein, but we are long way off that scenario.