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Sunday, 21 December 2014

FROM THE BULL PEN: The drama of Barrow Raiders

BACK to earth with a bump, and a nice slice of humble pie for the ‘wise man’.

What a wasted opportunity it was against Workington – and we have only ourselves to blame.

As harsh as it sounds, we didn’t really deserve to beat Workington, in my opinion. We never really controlled the game, there were far too many cheap penalties and unforced errors – we were looking a bit clueless at times, it must be said.

In all honesty, it’s a recurring theme. The minute we become a more disciplined team, the quicker we will become a winning team.

The only positive was that we defended superbly in the second half. I counted five sets on our line.

We had a real opportunity to build confidence for three winnable away games. It wasn’t to be on Sunday, but we can still get the momentum going – starting this week.

If only the result was the biggest drama to address!

Sadly, Muzz has had to part company with the Raiders this week due to work commitments.

The jungle drums immediately started beating, as is tradition in Barrow, but I believe his reasons were sincere.

I can only wish the bloke the best. He certainly commanded the respect of all the boys and I hope he can find a role in rugby that is worthy of his talents, because the game is better with people like Muzz involved.

Who next? The only thing I want is stability.

People ask me about Steve McCormack, Dave Clark. I don’t care who gets the job, I just want them to keep it.

That’s the only way the club can build and become consistent. I think almost every other club in the Championship has the same coach as they did last year, some for longer, this can’t be a recurring theme for the club.

This is not a reflection of the board, I know they anguished over the same issues and had hoped Muzz was the answer, but finding the right person is key.

A trip to Headingly awaits this weekend to play Milford Marlins.

I’ve never played at Headingly before, or against Milford for that matter, so it should be a good day out for all involved.

We know only too well how tricky amateur teams can be, but I have no doubt we can put together a convincing performance on Sunday and hopefully set ourselves up for a nice home tie in the fourth round.

The last few years, we always seem to draw Halifax or Sheffield away in the cups. I’m hoping 2014 sees the emergence of a home Super League tie.

Most importantly for me is the performance. We need to get back on track and work on the things we are falling short on currently. No doubt we can.

As a another wise man (and a mate of mine) often quotes, “keep the faith”.

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