The Derek Beaumont Column: We’re on top

Derek Beaumont. Photo: Paul McCarthy
Derek Beaumont. Photo: Paul McCarthy
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Well I had the decision to make on Sunday whether to go to the final game of the season at Old Trafford, where I have corporate seats for my business, or travel to watch us play Oldham – and to be honest every time the decision has to be made it takes seconds to choose the rugby.

This weekend that certainly proved to be the right decision with my guests being evacuated just as they finished their main course due to a bomb scare!

Also it proved to be the right choice as we came up with a decent performance against an Oldham side that had won its last five prior to their spirited defeat to Warrington in the cup and thankfully there was no scare for me on or off the pitch on the day.

It is a nice little set up that Oldham have and the friendly warm-welcome of their staff is refreshing.

Chris Hamilton has stuck by thick and thin with the club and deserves any success they have.

He has a good coach in Scott Naylor and I believe they will consolidate their championship position this season and build on it going forward and I wish them every bit of luck along the way.

Sunday’s victory combined with Featherstone’s victory over London saw us take a three point advantage at the top of the table which is a great position to be in at this stage of the season.

You will have also seen the addition to the squad of Josh Drinkwater who looks a tidy player to add competition to the pivot spot.

Unfortunately on the opposite side to that we see Rangi Chase move on from the club.

Rangi has struggled to settle in the championship and has been plagued with little niggling injuries that have stopped him from getting fully going.

When he has played he has done so with a niggle.

As he said when he joined us he wanted to fall back in love with the game and do what he liked best playing rugby but unfortunately that hasn’t been possible for most of the time.

Rangi has an opportunity to do something away from the game and having spoken to him at length I had to agree it is probably the best thing for him at this stage, although I do hope at some time in the future he returns to the game as he still has more to offer.

I think a clean break for a sustained period enjoying something completely different will be just the tonic he needs to retrieve that desire although it may be that he becomes so happy he has played his last game I guess time will tell on that one.

To that end I have agreed to release him to pursue those options without restriction, although I have obviously protected the club’s interests at the same time as doing right by Rangi. Whilst he hasn’t been able to deliver in full what he wanted I would hope our fans can be respectful to him and his privacy and wish him well in his new challenge ahead.