Cullens CommentCoach Paul Cullen looks at the hard result of the London game and previews the weekend local clash with rivals WidnesWHAT IS YOUR ANALYSIS OF THE LONDON GAME?We were indisciplined, we were impatient and it proved to be a lethal combination. That's being brutally honest. It was not the best spectacle although this game was about the two points and nothing else. But London have got them and we haven't. We offer no excuses bar from we were indisciplined and we paid the price for it. Even playing as badly as we did the game was still very 'winnable'. And if there's any major disappointment, that was it. We choked when it came to converting the little bit of pressure we did have into points. Fatigue on the back of consistently defending tends to have that effect on a Rugby League player and we consistently put the ball on the floor and gave away penalties. It was an ordinary day's work for most involved.HAVE YOU UPPED THE TEMPO IN TRAINING THIS WEEK TO CORRECT THE MISTAKES?The conditioning and the skills cycles have remained as planned, psychologically we have spent this week in the same way as we have prepared for our previous three matches with Widnes so far this season. This has helped us focus on the basic core elements required to win a game of rugby league and not to lose focus within the circus that surrounds emotionally driven derby games.HOW DID DARYL CARDISS GO ON HIS DEBUT?He wasn't noticeably bad, which considering our performance is a big plus. He wanted to join Warrington to play behind a dynamic go-forward, but unfortunately we failed to produce that.WE FACE OUR CLOSEST RIVALS WIDNES THIS WEEK, WITH THREE VICTORIES OVER THEM THIS YEAR IS A FOURTH ONE THE ORDER OF THE DAY?This will be the fourth time we have meet this season ironically all four games against Widnes have come on the back of four poor performances or heavy defeats. Our victory on Boxing Day followed our thrashing at Wakefield three months earlier, our victory in Round 8 followed another thrashing by St Helens at Knowsley Road and our victory in Round 15 followed a comprehensive loss to Bradford at Odsal, Round 24 comes on the back of a none performance against the London Broncos. This is not uncharted territory; we have been here many times before the energy produced this week however negative can be and has to be channeled to our advantage.IT'S THAT TIME OF YEAR WHEN YOU START TO LET PLAYERS KNOW THAT THEIR SERVICES ARE NOT REQUIRED FOR NEXT SEASON. HOW DO YOU KEEP THEM FOCUSSED ON THE GAMES AHEAD?A number of players are simply playing to secure their futures, the opportunities to do so will depend on their application and execution and this will continue until the issue is forced one way or the other.WHAT ARE THE INJURIES AT PRESENT, I.E ROB SMYTH?Rob's now off crutches but is still in that much pain that he can't drive. The investigations are now processed and completed. He has a tear in the groin area. Rob now has to work with our medical staff to manage the pain that he is in and to progress his rehabilitation. There is still no definite diagnosis on how long that will take.
22, Aug, 2003