Writing in his latest blog, Oliver Gildart talks about the two recent wins against Catalans and St Helens, the support given to Dan Sarginson following confirmation that his brother Adam passed away over the weekend and the Super 8s game with Wakefield on Thursday.
Hi everyone, hope you’re all good!
It’s been a while since my last blog as I’m starting with the victory against Catalans Dragons which was two and a half weeks ago! I missed the game through injury but it was obviously good to get a win at Catalan especially with the form they’ve been in recently. It maybe played to our advantage that they had the Challenge Cup Final a week later and Wembley in mind so that’s probably why we ran away with it in the end. It was still a strong side though and it’s always a tough place to go so fair play to the lads for getting the win.
I was buzzing for Micky (McIlorum) and Lewis (Tierney), especially Lew with him being one of my best friends, as Catalans beat Warrington in the Final. I was made up for him and I text him after it saying ‘he should retire now’ as he’s won everything he can in rugby league! They were deserved winners so I’m made up for them both.
To the win at St Helens last Friday; it was unbelievable! Especially, to get back playing again in such a big game like that; the atmosphere was incredible and it was one of the best feelings ever when we won. Waney (Shaun Wane) said after the game that it was our best win and best performance this year and I agree with him. It was a very god win and we were pretty dominant throughout. I think we’ve let everyone know in Super League that we are real contenders for this year and hopefully we’ll just keep building on that from now and I’d like to think we are the form team in the competition at the minute.
If Saints had got the two points they would have won the League Leaders Shield so obviously that added to it quite a lot. It would have hurt even more to go and lose 3-0 and for them to lift the shield in front of us so we made an emphasis on that in the week that we’d stop them (for another week or so anyway)! It was an amazing feeling to score a try too. I watched it back on Twitter and you dream about of those moments to score a try against Saints but to do it especially in front of the Wigan fans and the manner of how the try came about, I can’t describe how good the feeling was! It was special, as it always is in a Wigan-Saints derby; you always get that atmosphere and our fans were so loud all night and it just adds to the excitement of the game and buzz’s you up so much. They’re the games you want to be involved in as a rugby league player!
To the sad news that Dan Sarginson’s brother Adam passed away over the weekend. The club offered its condolences to Dan and pledged their full support to his family. The loss, you can’t really put into words. We all met Sarge’s brother when we won the Grand Final a few years back and he was just like Sarge. They were literally the same and both incredible people. I think it makes the season more special to go out and do it for Sarge and do it in memory of his brother as well. We trained on today (Wednesday) and it was his first session back in and it says a lot about Sarge to come back and want to put his hand up to play against Wakefield on Thursday. It takes a lot to try and get yourself right to play a game of rugby but Sarge is that kind of bloke and hats off to him. It’s good to have him back with all the lads and everyone is here for him and he knows that. We’ll help him as much as we can.
The Wakefield clash will be a dangerous game. They can be a real bogey side if you underestimate them. They’ve put in a few good performances this year. Obviously, they know they can’t make the top four now but we’ve just got to stick at it and be as physical as we were at St Helens and hopefully they’ll fall off and we’ll get another W. It will be amazing to hopefully see Dom (Manfredi) back too! He’s come a long way after nearly two years out of the game so I’m really looking forward to seeing him back playing.
Thanks for all your continued support and see you all at the DW on Thursday!