Cooper: An exciting one
Local forward Mike Cooper reflects on the mixed bag over the Easter period and gives us an insight into the preparations ahead of Sunday’s encounter with Leeds Rhinos.
“I’m not a fan of the two games in four days personally but I think it’s a good concept for the fans. Physically it takes it out of you - we’ve had a couple of days recovery now building up to a big game on Sunday.
“It was good for them (Widnes) and for Super League. They certainly played very well. I don’t think we put the right performance in, in terms of attitude and enthusiasm going into that game and it stung us in the backside a bit. It was a bit of a wake-up call for us and I think we were a bit better on Monday in the London game but we know we’ve got to pull up a few notches for this weekend against Leeds.”
The last time the Wolves and Rhinos went head-to-head was on the stage at Old Trafford in the Grand Final – memories of which still hurt.
“I know a lot of people, players and fans included, and that game hurt. But it was something we had to put to bed fairly quickly. It’s a new season now and we are over a third of the way through the competition. It will be one of our first really big tests this Sunday so it’s going to be an exciting one.”
On the opposition and the ones to watch he added: “Certainly in the forwards they’ve been really dominant this year. Normally when you talk of the Leeds team you talk of Kallum Watkins, Danny McGuire and those type of players but I think the forwards like Jamie Peacock, Delaney and others like that have been playing outstandingly well particularly the way they played on Monday - the way they held up to the Catalan pack. I think that’s where the game’s going to be won, in the forwards, so it’ll be a tough game for us but we are looking forward to it and are ready to go.”
This week’s preparation has seen the team take their training to local amateur club Woolston Rovers.
“It’s important for this club to have a good relationship with the amateur clubs. A lot of players, like myself, owe a lot to the amateur teams. My team was Latchford Albion - that's where I learnt a lot about the game. I think the amateur teams should be rewarded more and I think this is a good way to get this started; getting the kids down, watching us train and hopefully the coaching staff can learn a lot from watching us as well. We were at Woolston Rovers (this week) and a few hundred kids were there, some of who haven’t joined yet. Hopefully they’ll be a lot signing up and playing rugby, getting more players like myself coming through the system. Warrington lads playing for Warrington; that’s what we want.”
Match tickets are on sale in WolfWare, at WolfWare Online and on the ticket hotline 08448 11 11 76 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
Coach travel from Dallam Lane is priced at £13.50 adult and £11.50 junior. Leaving at 3.30pm on Sunday. Tickets are available in WolfWare
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05, Apr, 2013