ALTHOUGH Worcester Wolves are without a game this weekend, there will be no let-up in the training.

Having beaten Durham Wildcats 89-73 last Friday we don’t play again until we make the trip to Leeds Force next Friday.

A weekend with no games is a good thing because players can rest some of their niggles and come back next week refreshed.

That said, training has been the same as normal — the only thing that’s been different is that we don’t have a game.

One or two sessions have been a bit lighter but apart from that we have had some full blown and really good sessions.

It’s important that we stay sharp and keep our fitness and we are also working on a few things offensively so having this time to do that is really good.

But there are seven games left before the play-offs and we are battling to do as well as we can.

Some of those are crucial games, too, because we’ve still got Newcastle Eagles to play and Leicester Riders twice, as well as Glasgow Rocks again.

So there are some really competitive matches coming up and we’re going to need to be at our very best to come through with success.

With the play-offs coming up it is important that we keep training and working hard because it’s going to tell in those games.

It’s not only a crucial time for the team, it’s a crucial time for the players going into the play-offs because we want to see how players respond in that big time situation. I am really excited about those games.

While I think it’s safe to say that Newcastle look like they’re going to win the league, we’ve never finished second and will try to win our last seven games and see where that takes us.

There’s still a lot to play for. We will probably finish in the top four unless we have a real meltdown so we just want to finish as high as we can.

Meanwhile, Robert Thurman, Kalil Irving and Caylin Raftopoulos were involved in reaching the semi-finals the British Universities and Colleges Sport championship with the University of Worcester.

I think it was a great achievement given the inexperienced team that we had this year, with some first-year students, and against the quality that a lot of other universities had.

I thought that if we could get to the semi-finals we would have had a fantastic season and we did. I am really proud of the guys and the effort they put in.

We lost to Northumbria who have four Newcastle veterans in their team so it was always going to be a tough ask.

Having won it four years in a row you can start to get a bit greedy but at some point you’re going to lose.

We still gave ourselves an opportunity to get to a final and that’s all I can ask.