Our boys are certainly fit for purpose

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WE break new ground this weekend when we tackle Thatto Heath for the first time in Saturday’s Rugby League Challenge Cup third round tie at the Keepmoat Stadium.

We all know what the Challenge Cup can throw up as we lost at home to Siddal last year at the same stage of the competition - a result that still hurts us all today.

So we will be giving Thatto Heath the respect they deserve.

They are the top of the National Conference League Premier Division - the same level as Siddal, and we will have to be at our best to win this game. It’s as simple as that otherwise we’ll get beat and be out of the Cup.

Coach Tony Miller travelled over to Halifax last Saturday hoping to run the rule over them at Siddal, but the game was called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

The following day we travelled to Spotland for our final Northern Rail Cup Pool A fixture against Rochdale.

I can honestly say that I’ve never seen anything like.

After 25 minutes we were losing 22-0, then the boys’ fitness levels kicked in and we scored 26 points in 15 minutes to go in ahead half-time.

It was unbelievable and we went on to win the game 40-36. I do not know how. But I do know one thing that contributed to it, and I have mentioned it a couple of times - was our superior fitness levels. So massive respect to Peter Bell, Neil Barron, Jimmy Harrington and Kevin Farley.

They have really worked hard with the lads to get them not just physically fit but mentally fit as well.

I asked Tony after the match if he deliberately put a tackling session after the break because the boys seem to hand them the ball over and over in the second half and we had to defend our line for at least 25 minutes.

These boys just love making life hard for themselves!

Saying that, I would like to congratulate them and the fans who travelled over to Rochdale. They really got behind the team when we started the big comeback.

As I say, what a game!

Don’t forget next weekend is the big start to the Championship One season against South Wales Scorpions.

We will be donating £2 to the Pike River Mining Fund for every full paying adult on the day.

So please spread the word let’s get a few down to the Keepmoat Stadium for what should be a cracking game.

It is certainly one that we are all looking forward to.

With all due respect to the Challenge Cup and the NRC, we have made it clear that the league is our No 1 priority.