Briers: A physical game
Wolves' half-back Lee Briers is looking forward to a return to Super League action against Hull FC tonight as he talks to University of Chester student Daniel Fearnley about what he expects from the team from Humberside.
"They are improving. They've struggled a bit with injuries but they are improving now they are getting players back. Gareth Ellis and Daniel Holdsworth are two massive players for them. It's going to be a physical game. They are probably not having as good a season as expected but they are improving with every game. It's going to be tough. We need to be on our game but I'm sure if we defend like we have been doing we should go a long way to getting the two points.
"Friday, Saturday night games are special at The Halliwell Jones Stadium and Friday night (tonight) will be exactly the same. Hull usually bring a good travelling of fans over and it will be the same this week."
Lee praised the ability of Stefan Ratchford, who has occupied the stand-off role while the Welsh international has been on the sidelines, and recognises it will be tough to regain his spot.
"It's going to be really tough. Stef has been really good. He's young and he's really quick and his organisational skills have come on; I've noticed that in his kicking game he's near enough the complete package. It's great that we've got him at our club."
Lee goes on to talk about Sunday's victory over Salford being the perfect comeback game for him and how important it was to utilise the opportunity to play for Swinton to regain match-fitness.
"It was all about the team (on Sunday). I know I came back and played, and it was good to get out there but the team performance was more pleasing and I thought we were outstanding.
"It was massive (to play at Swinton). I'd gone 12 weeks without doing much running, so I needed to get some running in my legs and the Swinton game was a massive bonus. It was a quick game; it was quite physical and it stood me in good stead for Sunday's match."
During his time on the sideline, Lee kept fit by cycling to work.
"I'm not the most comfortable trainer just sat on a bike in a gym, I get bored, I need to be active and I came up with the idea of getting a road bike and biking to and from St Helens and Warrington. We had a look around and I was lucky enough that Starley Bikes from Altrincham sorted me a bike out and I was doing that every day, which was just over 40 kilometres a day so that kept the weight off me and kept me in some sort of shape. It worked really well."
As well as this, Briers has also started off his coaching career with the Warrington Wolves U19s. He said: "I'm loving it, I really am. I knew that coaching was what I wanted to do but doing it has taken it to a new level. I'm buzzing with it, working with the young lads and seeing the progression that they are making is fantastic and hopefully that can continue."
Warrington Wolves v Hull FC, tonight at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, kick-off 8pm. WolfWare shop open from 9am until kick-off (closed after the game). Ticket office windows for purchasing and collection will open at 5pm with turnstiles open from 6.30pm.
17, May, 2013