AFTER a team performance at Whitehaven which he described as “a bit flat”, Oldham RL boss Scott Naylor took the softly, softly approach . . . and gave his players a well-earned break.
Last night’s training session was cancelled.
And after beating full-time opponents in two of their last three games, including Super League outfit Hull KR away in the Cup, the Roughyeds’ part-timers were given a night off and told to chill.
For Naylor’s assortment of school teachers, gas engineers, fireplace fitters, lorry drivers, men in suits and sundry other workers, it was a welcome break.
Speaking after the 14-6 loss in Cumbria which ended a run of three consecutive wins, the Oldham boss said his players looked physically and mentally jaded.
By playing last Saturday, a day earlier than usual, and not training last night, they will have had the best part of five rugby-free days by the time they report back for training after work tomorrow.
They needed a break. They’ve been hard at it since the start of pre-season training last November and, unlike League One, we don’t get free Sundays in the Championship.
We’re all enjoying our Cup run, but it puts more demands on us at a time when we have a few players out injured.
We’ll be back to it on Thursday night in preparation for Featherstone on Sunday, but the five days away from each other and away from rugby will have done them good.
The only players called in last night were those who needed treatment — Danny Langtree (ankle), Kenny Hughes (ribs), Jamel Chisholm (ribs) and Sammy Gee (ankle).
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