Winger admits first few weeks of the season were a real video nasty
TOM LINEHAM hopes Warrington have put an end to the video nasties – which show where they went wrong.
The Wolves are finally off the mark after a win and a draw, but not much has changed in terms of the mood in the camp.
But Lineham revealed how a camera in the stand pointed out a lot of where it went wrong during their nightmare run of six defeats at the start of the season.
Not that he, nor many of his team-mates could spot mistakes or weaknesses at the time.
He said: “It’s hard going in that video room and seeing things and thinking, ‘Ah!’ then kicking yourself.
“The camera is up on the terraces, so it’s got a much better view of the pitch.
“For me on the wing you see what’s around you and the halves see what they see but if you could see what the video camera shows you, you’d be the best, most creative player in the world.”
Warrington’s win over Leeds has kick-started their season, at the eighth time of asking.
But Lineham believes the 25-14 success could have been much more convincing had the already got off the mark.
The 24-year-old winger added: “A lot of things went against us and against Castleford we were good apart from eight minutes when they scored three tries.
“We dropped the ball over the line three times against Salford and we missed three drop goal attempts against Hull then we had two tries disallowed.
“But we really controlled the game against Leeds, which sometimes you don’t realise when you’re playing. I watched it back and I think a more confident Warrington would’ve scored more.
“If we had five wins behind us we’d have pushed and pushed and maybe put 30-40 points on them.
“We know we can beat anyone on the day. Last year, we were the most consistent team – we won the League Leaders’ Shield and were in both finals – and we brought in some really good players.
“I thought we were going to go from strength to strength. So naturally, when you keep losing you naturally start to question yourself and the team but everything’s been positive. The only people that can make it right is the 17 who go out there.
“We describe our try line as the edge of a cliff and the idea is to stay as far away from it as possible, It wasn’t through lack of effort, it was maybe just awareness that those around you can help.
“But confidence is one of the most important things. If you could bottle it up and sell it, you’d be a millionaire. Four points over Easter, that’s all we want.”
While life on the rugby pitch has been frustrating ahead of Easter matches against Widnes and Huddersfield, life on the tennis court could not be better.
Lineham is a keen player and so far he has not lost to any of his team-mates.
“I’ve played a lot of the players and I’m unbeaten still,” he proclaimed.
“I played Kurt Gidley last week and had some really good rallies with him, it’s just I had the right tactics.
“He has a spin drop shot on his backhand, then I’d put it deep on his forehand and be at the net, so he had to put it around or over me under pressure.
“I love tennis, it’s a big thing at the moment.”
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