LEE DOUGLAS: Frustrations got the better of us at Heath

Lee Douglas
Lee Douglas

Saturday’s result at Heath was more frustrating than anything else because we blew such a good lead.

In the first half they didn’t get into our 22 and we played some exceptional rugby, really wearing them down.

We scored two good tries, one through some quick thinking from JordAN Wakeham, which was great to watch.

Heath came flying out of the blocks in the second half and for some reason we seemed to lose our discipline.

We were rattled, and during that period we lost both Mikey Readman and James Leach to the bin, somewhat unfairly in my eyes.

You just have to live with that though and we didn’t, we seemed to change the way we were playing, running the ball rather than kicking.

In the end we found ourselves behind and only a moment of true brilliance from Ant Coffey earned us a point.

Injuries to Tomasz Chadwick and Joe Marshall upset our rhythm and mistakes let them in, but we do know that we were comfortably the better side.

In fact, Heath just weren’t in our league.

It is important that we maintain this when we move into this weekend’s game at home to West Leeds.

We know that they have lost their opening two games and they look like a team that doesn’t have too much.

You can’t approach this any differently though because we will still need a strong performance.

We need to bounce back from the draw at Heath because it was a disappointing result.

There are positives from our start to the season, one being the performances of the new boys in the squad.

Our Canadian prop Alessandro Zavatti had a short run-out on Saturday, which was possibly a bit unfair because he only landed on Monday, but we were short through injuries.

Coffey has settled brilliantly and he looks a class act. He is a player that we expect to do exceptionally well this season.

Things are looking good, but it is usually the Christmas period that turns out to be our achilles heel.

We have the strength in depth at the moment though and the confidence, which is a massive thing.