Captain’s Log with Phil Watson: Attitude at Keighley was superb

Captain's Log with SRUFC skipper Phil Watson
Captain's Log with SRUFC skipper Phil Watson
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Saturday wasn’t our best performance by any stretch of the imagination, but I can’t see many teams going away to Keighley and winning this season.

Speaking to a couple of the lads after the game, they weren’t overly pleased with the performance, but if we’d have beaten Keighley away last year I don’t think we’d have been fussed about our performance.

It says a lot about our expectations and standards this season that we aren’t sat here chuffed with our efforts on Saturday.

There were a few positives to take. Benji Cottle looked really dangerous and he will be a real handful this season for us with his pace and power.

His fellow Kiwi Blake Nightingale looked very sharp too.

He was almost too quick for the referee at times, which just shows what a good player he could be for the club.

Another player who impressed again on Saturday was Mark Hopper, who has played for the Vikings the last couple of years and is taking his opportunity to step up with both hands.

We’ve got Acklam on Saturday and I think everyone knows they took a battering against York in their first game.

We don’t want to be taking anyone lightly and they’ll certainly be looking to come out firing and bounce straight back, so we’ll need to put in a performance.

It doesn’t matter what team you’re playing against anyway, if we stick to the gameplan Lee has set out, we should have a very successful season at Scarborough.

I have to say a big thank you to Paul White and Dan Brownbridge as well.

They have been doing a fitness and conditioning session with the lads each week and the improvements that we’ve seen have been massive. We don’t want to rely on it, but it’s a huge help.