CASTLEFORD coach Ian Millward believes his Tigers will show the right attitude when they host the Huddersfield Giants on Saturday.
While Huddersfield secured a seventh victory from 10 Super League XVIII starts with Monday’s home thumping of Widnes Vikings, Millward’s men are doing it tough.
They are rooted to the foot of the table with one win and a draw in their opening 10 top-flight fixtures.
These defeats included a heavy 48-18 Easter Monday defeat at St Helens and a heavy 37-16 home thumping at the hands of Wakefield on Good Friday.
Those Easter losses made it six successive defeats.
But Millward feels that if his side can build on their periods of promising play and become more consistent the ride will turn.
“We’re not giving ourselves any opportunity at the moment,” he said.
“We are finding ourselves in pretty good attacking position on early rucks, and you’ve got to seize that and stay in the grind.
“But once we started losing the ruck we became very vulnerable.
“It’s something the players are recognising, and I know they have the character to do something about it.
“Some players are a little bit disappointed with some other players’ inability to stay consistent.
“They’re disappointed that when we get a bit of ball we can score some points, but unfortunately we’ve also got to defend too when we don’t have the ball.
“During the week it doesn’t seem like a team that’s on a losing run. The spirit – everyone is getting on and working together – is really good.
“It’s not like I can say they’re completely downcast and down and out or anything like that, that's far from it.
“I had three or four players after the Wakefield game who wanted to have a chat to me about things we need to keep doing.
“We made a couple of adjustments at Saints and there are some things they want to work at, but they’re also a little bit disappointed with some of their teammates regarding giving up the ball or not getting forward defensively or not carrying out a role.
“So that’s pleasing from my point of view because you need a bit of peer pressure to push that.
“If you walked in the dressing room you wouldn’t totally think that we’ve been on the end of these losses.
“We were probably more disappointed on Friday because it was a derby game and our forwards started fairly soft.
“Whereas the week before against Hull KR they were pretty strong, it was our kicking game which was inconsistent when we lead at half-time. Putting all the facets of rugby league together on a consistent basis is our deficiency.”