Pride in defeat for our battlers

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WHAT a Championship One Play-off quarter-final we had against Rochdale at Spotland.

We had Rochdale on the ropes leading 18-4 at one stage after the boys really hit the ground running.

I honestly think if the heavens hadn’t opened up we would have won the game comfortably as we were playing really good attacking rugby.

But when the heavy rain started we had to change our tactics.

I don’t think we are a big enough team to play one-up rugby and that was where Rochdale capitalized.

They started to gain some momentum and confidence as they started to get on top with some strong go-forward and pressure defence.

If it stayed dry we would have run them off the park never-the-less we ended up losing the game 26-18 which was cruel as I felt the lads deserved better than that.

I am very proud of the boys. We were just one game off trying to get to the final which at the start of the year we would have taken. So a big ‘well done’ goes to Tony, Mick and the back-room team for all their efforts.

I would like to thank all the players and wish them all the best in their future careers whether they stay with us or move on. They have been a close knit bunch and a pleasure to have around the place.

The idea is to go one better next year which we intend to do. We have signed prop Kyle Bibb.

Although Kyle is still only young he has had a lot of Super League experience so I’m sure he will add some fire-power up front for us.

To the fans, a massive thanks for the support.

Sorry we couldn’t give you all a day out at another final - we will endeavour to do that next season.

The support at Rochdale was a magnificent effort from you all. It was like a home game for us and thanks for the reception you all gave the lads after the game.

Hopefully that will continue into next season as you all do make a massive difference when you are there in your numbers singing your hearts out.

I would also like to congratulate hooker Kyle Kesik for making the top three for Championship One Young Player of the Year award. We will find out if he wins at the glitzy awards night in Manchester next Tuesday.

We are looking at holding our presentation night on October 7 at the Dome.

We hope to have everything confirmed this week so please check the website or press for details of what should be a good night.

All the team and coaching staff will be there and we are hoping for a good turn-out of fans.