ONE of the great things about being a professional rugby league player is the chance to compete in front of enthusiastic and passionate crowds.
The atmosphere fans can help generate can really put the icing on the cake of a great win.
And that was exactly the case in our win over Warrington Wolves at the Galpharm Stadium a week ago.
The attendance may not have been the biggest in the world – Friday night games do have a negative effect on our crowds because we’re now supported by so many young families – but the atmosphere was probably as good as it’s ever been.
We all felt their presence when we were out there on the field and that fed us with the extra energy we needed to complete a very emphatic victory.
We’re obviously going to encounter another electric atmosphere tonight when we face Leeds Rhinos at Headingley and experience the full force of their famous South Stand.
Like our fans against Warrington last week, the loyal Leeds supporters can play a massive part in helping their side reach the winning post.
One of our initial aims this evening, therefore, is to silence the South Stand as quickly as possible.
If that’s the case, then it will be one of those occasions when a subdued atmosphere would suit us just fine. It really would be a case of silence being golden!
But for that to happen, it’s obviously going to be down to what we do on the field.
As you can imagine, the confidence throughout the squad is sky high at the moment. How could it be anything else after such a great win over Warrington!
And we know it’s vitally important to build on that performance tonight if we are to pull off our first ever Super League win at Headingley.
It’s going to be a tough ask, there’s no doubt about it, and even though Leeds haven’t made the greatest start to the season we know they’re still a top-quality team.
I think a mutual respect now exists between the two squads, and let’s just hope Leeds have even more respect for us after tonight!