Cullens CommentHOW ARE YOUR NERVES AFTER LAST WEEK'S GAME AGAINST WIDNES?Recharged! Especially after studying the Huddersfield v Wakefield video in anticipation of competing against the most underrated team in the competition. Their improvement is remarkable and I don't think that they are far from taking a considerable scalp. They are a very well drilled and well-coached unit and pose a genuine threat to any of the teams above them in the table. Their second rowers are as talented as any in SL and in Stanley Gene they have a player who can not only excel in structure, but also can break any defence with his individual brilliance. We literally felt the full force of how hard they can hit in defence in Round One of SL8 and expect an even tougher battle this time round at Wilderspool.ARE YOU LOOKING AT A TOP SIX POSITION NOW?Round Eleven when we have played everyone once and Round Twenty-Two when we have played everyone twice are the times to genuinely reflect how we are travelling in the table. This avoids the yo-yo syndrome were league position could be dependent on other teams coming up against the Top Six cycle.HOW ARE THE INJURIES PROGRESSING?We welcome back Ben Westwood after three months absence and he is the only long term absentee. We do have a number of minor injuries that are being managed on a day to day and week to week basis, but only expect Mike Wainwright and Paul Wood (shoulder) to be unavailable for full training and selection this week.THE ORIGIN IS LESS THAN A WEEK AWAY, HOW ARE PREPARATIONS GOING? HOW DIFFICULT WAS IT TO CHOOSE THE TEAM FROM ALL THE TOP CLASS PLAYERS AT THE 12 SUPER LEAGUE CLUBS?Last year's twenty has gone down to seventeen and the selection is based on current form and fitness and return to form and fitness of senior international players who are being considered for GB duty against the touring Australians. Other international opportunities present further opportunities of those excluded to force themselves back into the frame.
26, Jun, 2003