Mar 14 2011
Willie Mason claimed his Hull KR debut was the stuff dreams are made of following the 40-22 win over Crusaders at Craven Park.
The former Australia prop played 54 minutes after his six-month wait for clearance finally came to an end last weekend. He was named man of the match by the sponsors, possibly out of sentiment, although a number of surging runs and a fine assist for Liam Watts' first-half try could have earned him the accolade anyway.
Having been the centre of attention since his arrival in England on Monday, Mason admitted he did have some concerns as to how he would perform and he said: "It was good, everything worked out well. I was stressed as to how it would all unravel and it couldn't have gone better in my dreams."
Mason added: "Having not played in five months it was a bit daunting. I was thinking, 'Imagine if I blow out in five or 10 minutes', so it was good we got a good start.
"I've been in this kind of circus and performed and I was glad to play all right after flying halfway around the world."
Mason was a vocal figure behind the sticks after his new side conceded three quick tries to give the Crusaders a sniff of a comeback, and admitted that he was prepared to say whatever it took to rally his team-mates.
"We were electrifying in attack but there were some slip-ups in defence which we were all accountable for," he added.
"If we play like that for 80 minutes we can stick it with anyone.
"I don't care (who I'm talking to). If the game is on the line and we have to defend to win the game, I don't care. I'm just trying to get the win."