Part 2 of Oli Gildart’s blog from inside the Warriors camp
Hi everyone, hope you’re all good!
We played our first game at the DW in almost 6 months the other week against Widnes and it was great to get back playing in front of our home fans again! It was a tough game, as in the first 25-30 minutes we didn’t really touch the ball because we were defending quite a lot, which was the same as the Warrington game the week before. We knew in the second half we had to complete the arm wrestle and we did as Widnes ended up falling away and we got a very good win in the end.
It was good last week to get over a week’s training as we were planning towards the Wakefield game on Mother’s Day. We had a couple more sessions on the field and rest was also important as well and we managed to get that in.
Everyone is buzzing with the win against Wakefield, as they are a very good side and they’ll take some beating this year – they’ve got a big set and they throw the ball about too so to get the two points is massive for us.— Oli Gildart
We expected a tough test from Trinity and we were right. They hammered us in the last game of the season last year and we had a bit of bitterness there to put right. We wanted to put in a good performance as we knew they were doing well on their travels so it was good to get the two points albeit in a tough game. They were throwing some good shapes and it was frustrating us at times in that first half as they scored two tries. We had to get it right in the second half which we did and that’s a credit to the boys, as we posted the points to get the win.
We’ve made it two wins from two now at the DW and we are looking to make it a fortress like we did back in 2015. We haven’t actually spoke about it but personally I remember when we went unbeaten at home throughout that year and I hope we can do the same this year.
This week, I was called up to the England Knights Performance Squad and I’m over the moon! It’s a goal that you set yourself as a young rugby league lad - to play professional and play for your local team and also to be recognised on the international level.
I just want to get into the camp and get some training done and then see what goes on from there. The end goal is to one day get into that England first team. I’m in the right spot as I’m now involved in it so I’ve just got to go there and look to improve even more and I’m sure I will. I’m really looking forward to it!
We play Castleford next Sunday and its probably one of the toughest away games to play in Super League as the crowd really get behind them in a small and compact atmosphere. You can hear every word and the abuse from the fans! We’ve got time now to rest up again but it’s going to be a tough game and if we can get the result, we will go into the Easter period in a good mood!
See you all there on Sunday!
Good win today. Thanks to this bloke for the sketch and making me look like a glamour 😶 pic.twitter.com/SagTUfQ5ad— oliver gildart (@OliverGildart3) March 11, 2018