Glad the loaf turned out! I did check the errata published over on the blog section, and didn’t find any listed for this recipe. You could post a question to Rose here: http://www.realbakingwithrose.com/2006/02/corrections_the_bread_bible.html
It does look as though the sponge is a thicker one. According to the pre-ferment section in the beginning of the book, Rose’s typical sponge uses equal volumes of flour and water, and this sponge has a little over 3/4 cup flour to 1/2 cup (including honey) liquid. The final hydration also suggests a firmer dough, 63%.
A few things to check:
-you didn’t include the mashed potato in with the sponge, did you? It is prepared in the sponge step, but added to the dough later.
-are you weighing flour and water? With a thicker sponge, an inaccurate measure of flour or water could tip the balance of ingredients so that what was intended to be a thick sponge becomes an unworkable one.
-are you using unbleached AP flour from one of the brands listed (not bread flour)?
-did you cover the sponge/blanket with plastic wrap during the pre-ferment?
-did you include the butter?