Gilly's Gossip

Gilly's Gossip

Oliver Gildart says he’s looking forward to facing Josh Charnley this weekend at the Dacia Magic Weekend.

Hello everyone, hope you’re all good!

It seems like ages ago now but I’m going to start with the 30-0 win against Salford.

It was a good win for us. Salford were beaten heavily by Saints the week before so we knew they were going to come out a lot better and I think they did to be fair to them. I think we were too good on the day though and when we got the first try we ground them down and the points followed after that.

We try to go set for set with teams and complete them with no errors so in effect there’s no stops or breaks in the game. We know with our fitness, come the back end of the games, pulls us through as most teams get tired and fall off.

Last Sunday, we beat Hull KR in the Challenge Cup at KCOM Craven Park. I’ve never experienced it before as it’s the only ground I’ve not played at in Super League. The crowd was loud and got on the referee’s back and we wasn’t able to put 10/20 minutes together so we made it really hard for ourselves.

We’re a team that wants to keep the ball in field and have a high intensity and fast pace game so when you have a stop-start game it doesn’t help the way we play but that’s what teams do against us. They try to slow the game down and make it scrappy for us. We said after though that it’s just about winning in the Challenge Cup. We’re into the next round and everyone is happy.

We were drawn against Warrington Wolves in the Quarter Final – a massive tie! We played there last year and it was a really good game and they’re playing well at the minute so it’s going to be another tough one but I think its better to do it the hard way than go down the easy route.

We have the prospect of facing Warrington five times this season with us playing twice in the league, Magic Weekend, the Challenge Cup and possibly the Super 8’s as well…it’s not really good for me though! They’ve got a real powerful right edge with Josh Charnley, Ryan Atkins and Ben Murdoch-Masila so it’ll be tough and I know I have to be on the money but it’s a challenge I’m looking forward to.

Now to this weekend…the Magic Weekend! I’m buzzing for it! I missed last year as I was out with my back injury but I was lucky enough to play in 2016 against Leeds. I was gutted I missed it last year though as it’s a really big game – one of the games where you get a big crowd watching and its got a final feel to it as well so I can’t wait to get over there.

The Magic Weekend game is something we always want to win. It’s a big game for us and Warrington are on fire at the minute and we owe them one so it’s going to be a cracker! It’s also a really good day out for the fans and brings a lot of them together.

It’ll be good to see Josh (Charnley) on Saturday too. I stay in touch with him anyway as we’re pretty close mates but it’s going to be weird facing him and I’m sure we’ll be getting stuck into each other.

It was announced this week that Sam (Tomkins) is going to leave the club at the end of the season to move to Catalan Dragons. Sam is a player I’ve watched growing up and is someone I’ve looked up to as a fan. I’ve been lucky to have played with him for a few years now and class him as a mate so it’s sad but that’s sport. eople come and go and it’s time for Sam to leave. I’m sure someone will step in and try their best to make the team better but its going to be sad to see him go.

We want to win silverware every year but when you’ve got big players like Sam leaving, you want to send them off on a high and we’re all hoping to do that.

See you all in Newcastle on Saturday!

Oli

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