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Scott’s ‘mixed feelings’ after cup knock-out

​SCOTT Naylor said he had mixed feelings about the heavy cup defeat by Widnes Vikings.

He was very disappointed with the poor first half, in which the Vikings rattled up 38 of their 54 points, but pleased with the second-half performance in which Roughyeds competed much more solidly to score three unanswered tries and match their Championship opponents try for try — three apiece.

In fact, if you take away the first six minutes of the new half, Roughyeds scored 14 points to Widnes’s six in the last half hour.

Said Naylor;

“I have mixed feelings. We started the game well, but then we started to give them far too much respect, too much time to do the things they do best and too much good field position.

“Over most of the first half we weren’t aggressive enough in defence and clinical enough in our line speed and you can’t get away with that against one of the best teams in the Championship. I rate them alongside Toronto Wolfpack.

“In the second half we had a lot more belief and the way we played for most of the second 40 minutes made us realise how very different it might have been if we had played like that from the beginning.

“Considering Widnes’s quality and the levels they play at on a regular basis I was pleased with how we played in the second half .

“In the first half especially, they slowed us down in the ruck, but we let them play at their own speed and you can’t do that when you’re opposed by quality players.”

He said it was now time to draw a line under this Coral Challenge Cup defeat; take the positives out of it; and turn the spotlight once again on the Betfred League 1 promotion push and next Sunday’s important game at Newcastle Thunder.



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This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

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There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

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