Cullens CommentEmotions ran high last weekend, but it will be nothing compared to this weekend with the final Super League game and a chance to bag a play-off place for first time.LAST WEEKENDĂS GAME WAS A VERY PHYSICAL ENCOUNTER AGAINST HUDDERSFIELD. DID YOU EXPECT IT TO BE?No not more than any game that we have played this season, I would like to think that Wilderspool is just a tough a place to play as the McAlpine. All teams want to make there own ground a fortress and the Giants are no different than anyone else.MARK HILTON RECEIVED A THREE-MATCH BAN AND A ˙300 FINE FOR A HIGH TACKLE IN THE GAME. WILL YOU BE APPEALING?We will take time to consider our options, but we have no complaints about the way the game was refereed or how the Disciplinary Committee has responded. Russell Smith was in fact very consistent throughout the game and in fact refereed this match exactly how he refereed the first game of the season, ironically the fixture begin Huddersfield v Warrington at the McAlpine. In that match both Stanley Gene and Darren Fleary were subsequently found guilty of attacking the head of Lee Briers in two separate off the ball incidents and both remained on the field for the full game, they received a two and one match suspension respectively.THIS WEEKEND WE TAKE ON WAKEFIELD IN OUR FINAL TETLEYĂS SUPER LEAGUE GAME AT WILDERSPOOL, BEFORE WE DISCUSS THE EMOTIONS BEHIND THAT GAME, LETĂS FOCUS ON THE GAME. WE PLAYED WAKEFIELD IN THE LAST GAME OF THE YEAR LAST YEAR AT BELLE VUE AND THEY BEAT US. IS THIS A GRUDGE MATCH?It is fair to say we are aware of the threat that the Wildcats pose and the memory of the final game of last year and our performance at Wakefield this year still linger. The only grudges we have are with ourselves, Warrington players lost their jobs after the final game of last year, because of the way they performed against a side that was desperate to win and we werenĂt, this a match we are absolutely desperate to win.A TOP SIX POSITION IS RELIANT ON HULL LOSING TO LEEDS AND US BEATING WAKEFIELD.HOW ARE YOU COPING WITH THE PRESSURE?The Top 6 scenario is not a part of our thought process this week at all, that falls well behind the last game at Wilderspool situation, which is a million miles behind our desire to perform and win this game.IT IS GOING TO BE AN EMOTIONAL GAME THIS WEEKEND, HOW ARE YOU GOING TO KEEP THE PLAYERS FOCUSSED FOR THE 80 MINUTES?Hopefully, by following the process, which simply concerns performance and not the outcome and not the events, surrounding it. Although very satisfied with the two points gained at the McAlpine gained last week, there are certain aspects of our game that we need to seriously improve, that is were we will spend this week.LOOKING BACK ON YOUR TIME AT WILDERSPOOL WHAT IS YOUR MOST PROMINENT MEMORY AS A PLAYER?Simply playing alongside the likes of John Woods, Des Drummond, John Bevan, Phil Blake, Les Boyd, Dave Chisnall, Ken Kelly, Mike McNicholas, Ronnie Duane has provided that many great treasured memories that it would be impossible to separate one from another. This game on Sunday is more about celebrating the players that have graced Wilderspool than anything else.AND AS A COACH?One of three, our victory over Wigan in my first game in charge prior to Darryl van de VeldeĂs arrival which was not only a remarkable victory, but a remarkable performance. Because an under strength Warrington side, that were previously in freefall. That compares to our victory against Castleford in Round 26 of Super League last year against a side previously unbeaten for the last ten games to secure our survival in the top flight. And our three victories over Widnes in the local derbies this year, to directly answer there three from last year is of equal importance.
17, Sep, 2003