I thought last week’s performance at Batley was the best of the season without doubt.

We played some good attacking rugby, despite the conditions, our kicking game was exceptional and the game management from the half-backs – both of whom I was delighted with – was superb.

On the back of that, defensively, our commitment to helping each other out, in what were difficult conditions was first class.

I was very happy with the win because there are not many teams that will go to Batley and beat them with ten points in such conditions. Obviously, the slope is a factor but when you add a driving wind down the slope, hail, rain and then ankle deep in mud, you know you aren’t going to see a points-fest, so I was delighted with the performance and with the outcome.

On Sunday we play a Widnes side who, despite their recent troubles, have managed to keep some outstanding players.

Hep Cahill, Macgraff Leuluai and Harrison Hansen are their 8,10 and 13 and they have a shed load of Super League experience in the middle channel.

They have two very good halves in Craven and Gilmour and an exceptional centre in Anthony Gelling. So there is plenty of threat from this team all over the park.

You only have to look at their last couple of results after they emerged from their administration problems - a 44-24 victory over Featherstone and then winning comfortably at Barrow - that shows just what a difficult task awaits us.

It is a newly laid 4G pitch and the big thing for us is that we have played two games in ankle deep mud, two very slow games, but what we are going to encounter tomorrow will be a very fast game on a very fast surface.

Therefore we will have a bit of a rethink on what we are trying to do and pick a team that is both representative and can put those ideas into practice.

Last week the Under-19s went to Newcastle and came home with a great win, scoring seven tries in the process. They were really dominant in that game and Ollie Wilson fronted up with a very strong 74 minutes and the young half, Harry Shackleton, looked very handy. There are some good young players coming through and they will improve as the year goes on. It’s certainly been a decent start for them, taking St Helens to the wire and going up to Newcastle and coming away with a big victory.

It was the Challenge Cup draw this week and I am delighted that we have drawn Keighley. It’s very pleasing because we have a great following and I hope we take a lot with us to Keighley because it will help fill the coffers at both clubs as it’s a shared gate – so I hope all our fans make their way up the A650 and help cheer the Bulls on to a victory while also helping out our near neighbours.