THERE'S been a fair amount of talk in recent weeks over the slow starts we have been making to games.
It was a problem in our victory over Warrington and an absolute nightmare in our defeat at Wigan.
There was some improvement in the game at Wakefield on Saturday, although we were still losing 16-8 at half-time.
We're obviously well aware that our starts are something that still need to be worked on - and quickly.
But we've also been placing a fair bit of emphasis on the way we've been finishing games.
We dominated the second half against Warrington, dominated the second half against Wigan and then dominated the second half against Wakefield.
In fact, against the Wildcats, we `nilled' them in the second 40 minutes, which in this incredibly competitive Super League era is an almighty achievement.
But this trend has certainly not come about by accident.
The players are looking in great shape right now because of all the hard work they put in during a very tough off-season.
I was extremely impressed with the way the existing members of the squad knuckled down to a pre-season campaign which they all admitted was the toughest they had experienced.
And I was also impressed with the way all the new signings have worked since their arrival.
One of many reasons we brought in the players we did was because they were all quality athletes with good engines.
That verdict has been re-inforced with what we've already seen in Super League XI.
All six of the new players who have featured so far have made extremely positive impressions and I'm delighted with a lot of what I've seen.
But even though I've taken a lot of encouragement from the early rounds I'm still not 100% happy.
In our opening four games, we've shown snippets of being a quality team, but not for long enough.
We're still not smooth in certain areas of our play, and it's clear some fine tuning is still needed before we get to the standard I want.
To be honest, in the one-on-one meetings I've held with the new players, they all admit they are still learning about how we play.
That's understandable, because there are an incredible amount of new things for them to take in.
But we're definitely getting there, and the more competitive games we play, the more the combinations will start to work and the more effective we should become.
And, talking of the new signings, didn't Mat Gardner show up well in his debut against Wakefield?
Mat, pictured left, has really impressed me with his attitude since he arrived from Leeds.
Throughout pre-season he gave 100% and was always hungry to do more work.
As a result, he caught everyone's eye with his performances in our pre-season games, and he thoroughly deserved his chance to play.