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With the Easter double-header set to stay, it's time to look for positives

Features - Luke Dorn Posted 12th April 2013 view comments

Right now I'm stuck on the sidelines trying to get my injured ribs right. I copped a whack in the back in the Catalans game (unlike Gareth Bale against Basel, I was not stretchered off).

Of course I won't have been the only player in Super League to pick up an injury during what is always a busy period over Easter. In truth, it's not actually the double-header that is the main issue really, it's the coming weeks afterwards when you try to get your body right again.

If it's points the RFL want, they got plenty at Craven Park on Easter Monday

If it's points the RFL want, they got plenty at Craven Park on Easter Monday

For the coaches and conditioning staff it is tough to work out just what to do - they need to give players enough time to rest up and be off their feet, but also adapting a training schedule.

There is a case for teams focusing more on their home games and then hoping to win a few on the road, but rugby league players are competitive so good luck in getting them to rest.

Some of the scores on the Monday were phenomenal. If the Rugby Football League wants attacking footy, then they definitely got it on that day!

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At the end of the season, in the general scheme of things, what matters is coming in the top eight. If that means there have to be some sacrifices along the way, so be it.

There seems to have been plenty of negative talk surrounding the decision to play two games over Easter (and I, for one, am not in favour of it). However, let's try to look for some positives.

At least the busy schedule does mean clubs look to blood some of their promising youngsters. Fans get to see some of the clubs' rising stars in the first team.

There's also the aspect that points are in plentiful supply - it seems 2013 is the year of the try.

Phenomenal scores

Some of the scores on the Monday were phenomenal. If the Rugby Football League wants attacking footy, then they definitely got it on that day!

When you play in the regular season there is a degree of safety. There is always next week, so you can throw the ball around a little more freely and try speculative plays.

Of course, that stops in the play-offs, where it becomes all about playing the percentages as it's win or go home.

For now, though, there is definitely no caution. It seems a case of however many you score, we will just get one more. The theme at the moment in the competition is attack, attack, attack.

For a coach over Easter they have to make a choice over which game they put their focus on. Hull KR, for instance, conceded plenty of points against Wigan just 72 hours after taking part in a bruising derby encounter with Hull FC. Which of those games were more important to their fans?

As I've said, I don't think the Easter schedule works. But I'm not going to continually go on about it. It's here to stay for now, so let's get on and see what we can get out of it.

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