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Paul Bolger Pre-West Wales Raiders

May 15, 2022

Paul Bolger
Cornwall prop Paul Bolger – Patrick Tod

There should be no extra motivation for facing your old employers, but Cornwall prop Paul Bolger says he has multiple points to prove as the Choughs face West Wales Raiders today.

The Irishman made a handful of appearances for the Raiders in 2021 before leaving the Stebonheath Park outfit and he joined Cornwall RLFC earlier this year.

And despite showing glimpses of his undoubted potential so far this term, the 26-year-old revealed that supporters in the Duchy are yet to see the best from the Irish Students international. 

“I have a massive point to prove to myself, West Wales and Cornwall on Sunday,” he told cornwallrlfc.co.uk. “This season, I haven’t been performing to the level I am capable of and I want to show West Wales how far I have come since I played for them last year.

“I also want to show everyone how hard I have been working on all aspects of my game over the last couple of weeks. I want to give myself the best opportunity of delivering a good performance for the team by getting my best foot forward.”

With one team almost certain to break their losing streak at the Memorial Ground today, Bolger added that despite a disappointing reverse at Hunslet in round seven, the feeling in Cornwall’s camp is one of positivity.

“The mood is positive in the camp and we are progressing,” he added. “The lads are all buying into what Neil wants us to do and I firmly believe that a first is just around the corner.

“All the guys believe this and we have had a good session this week both on the pitch and in the video room. If we cut out the silly mistakes then I think we have a good chance against West Wales.

“But if we don’t, we know they are a good side who will come at us strong. They must have a firm belief that they can get a winand there will be pressure on West Wales to beat the new boys on the block.

“There will be pressure on us too but when it gets heavy in the middle and when the lungs are burning, we are always heartened by the noise made by the supporters.

“We have played some good teams at home so far but the crowd has always given us a second wind. If they are vocal, then that will upset visiting teams without doubt – they louder they are the better.