LEE DOUGLAS: Great finish to the first half of season

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Saturday’s Yorkshire One game at Heath showed that patience is really the key.

The lads stuck with it and our set-pieces proved to be very important. Everyone played their part in a good win that made sure of the bonus point.

That is the first half of the season done now and it has been very up and down.

We have lost games that we could have won, but then we have picked up some good bonus points.

Only Malton have beaten us soundly because we have proved that we are a strong team.

The hard work that we are putting in during the week at training sessions is paying off handsomely.

We have to continue this now, we know that we have a talented bunch of players, but we need to keep hammering away at them.

Obviously the focus has to be on how high we can finish now.

We are fourth at the moment, but we can go third on Saturday if we win at Wath and if Middlesbrough lose out.

Performances are the key for me and we have been producing them over recent weeks.

Our training is reflecting in what we do on a Saturday, thankfully the lads have been turning out in numbers.

We just need to make sure that the second-teamers turn out as well, so we can work hard with them as well.

We obviously have ambitions for the remainder of the season.

We want to do as well as we can in the league, that is very important.

At the same time we want to do well in everything we play in.

As well as the league we have the National Cup, which starts on January 24.

That is a great competition to be involved in, so we want to push on and do the best that we can.

We also have the Yorkshire Shield, which is important to us as well.

Before all that we have the Christmas period, which isn’t the easiest for a rugby coach.

It is the time for parties, so getting people down to training isn’t easy.

As long as the lads are sensible and stay fit over the festive season then it won’t be a problem.