Westwood: Eager and Ready to Go
Second-rower Ben Westwood was on international duty last weekend as England faced the Exiles in the now annual mid-season Origin match.
"I think it's one that we needed and a chance for us to get together for a full week and we put in a half decent performance against the Exiles; in the first half we were pretty good, in the second half we boiled off a little bit but I think that was due to the Exiles putting up a bit of a fight. We got what we needed to get out of it and we will look at it again later in the year and put right what we got wrong."
The competition for places in the England squad is hotting up as players target a spot for Rugby League World Cup come the end of the year. Ben concurs with this saying: "Especially in my position, second row, there are a few players who are in good form which is good for England. I think we are all looking forward to the challenge ahead of us in the last 9 to 10 games of the season - when it matters - and we'll be looking to put some good performances in so it should all be good for England."
Last weekend Ben was in camp with a number of the Wigan stars, playing alongside them in the international jersey but this week they will be on opposite sides.
"They (Wigan) seem to be good lads and we got a chance to spend time with them for a few days but this Monday will be completely different. They've got some players who are in good form and one of those is against me so it should be a good battle and I'll be looking to play well in this game.
"We'll be looking at what we need to do right and, if we do, I don't think we'll be far behind."
This Is The One not to miss as the two north-west sides go head-to-head at The Halliwell Jones Stadium.
"I think over the last few years the Wigan and Warrington rivalry has got higher and higher and I don't think this will be any different; it's going to be a tough one I think and one we are all looking forward to. I'm sure they (Wigan) will be looking forward to it too so it should a great battle for everyone to watch.
"I think Monday night rugby was a good idea to get more ‘football' fans involved and these are the games they need to be putting on on a Monday night to drag them in. There's no better game than Warrington v Wigan."
In preparation for this derby the teams have had a long turnaround which has helped to freshen everyone up.
"We've had 16, 17 days between our (club) games so everybody's had a good rest and should be bouncing around at training, myself included. Everyone will be eager and ready to go by Monday night. I'm looking forward to it."
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19, Jun, 2013