Jason Lowde’s column: Players get a tasty treat and nutritional advice

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We decided to switch focus with us having a break from the action last weekend.

We are lucky that within the club we have Dr Rob Hazeldine, who recently visited the Newcastle Falcons to do a nutrition and conditioning session.

Rob came in with his findings and we put a bit of pasta and fruit on for the guys.

We’re striving to show the guys that what you eat really does help your performance.

They were told that what you eat the night before a game, the day of the game and after a game can really help you get a little bit more during the game.

It was interesting to hear how much water you should ideally take on to stay hydrated and be at your best as well.

From the feedback I’ve had, it seems the guys enjoyed it and found it informative.

We had 36 at training on Tuesday night and they all seemed more intent on staying hydrated and taking on more water.

The first team had a break from action on Saturday but the Vikings had a superb win in Hull and are in superb form.

A couple of the guys enjoyed a break and hopefully that will see them come back ready to go.

As amateurs we ask an awful lot of the guys at the club.

Sometimes we have to realise that it isn’t the be all and end all and it would have been good for them to get away from it all.

But we were back on the training field Tuesday night and we were able to have a full contact game for 45 minutes thanks to the great turn-out.

We obviously have Zbynek Schutz unavailable for Pontefract this week as he is still on international duty, Jake Rollinson has agreed to come back from university to play at scrum half.

Sinako Dunywa, who is known as ‘Snakes’ at the club, has impressed so far and comes into the side at number eight.

Phil Stewart returns to fly-half and Tom Harrison moves to full-back, with Graeme Jeffrey and Tom Ratcliffe in the centre. We have Phil Austen, Mike Readman and Ian Williams as replacements.

Pontefract are an abrasive team and will be a tough proposition, so the guys will need to be ready from the word go.