Has the mood this week been one of frustration after the way you threw the game away at Widnes?
No, not really.
It’s just been a feeling of letting ourselves down.
Widnes played ‘okay’ on the day and we were ‘alright’ for 40 minutes, it was just that our start to the second half killed us.
We showed a lack of respect for possession and gifted the ball away, which meant we weren’t doing the things we want to be known for. That hurt us.
But, as a group, the positive is that we’re still viewing our glass as half full rather than half empty, and we’ve got a great opportunity to secure two more League points tomorrow night.
Do you think the reason the Giants performance at Widnes was so slack was because the players had fallen in love with themselves over the way they had thrashed St Helens (48-20) at Magic Weekend seven days earlier?
No, not at all.
I think there were a lot of things that contributed to the way things went at Widnes, and getting carried away with that Saints display wasn’t one of them.
I say that because of the way our performances had been growing in the month or so leading up to what we saw in Newcastle. There had been steady improvement throughout that time, so falling in love with themselves over the one performance wasn’t exactly going to be an issue.
Our focus throughout the period our performances had been improving had been about high completion, respecting possession and taking our chances. That was what everyone was looking to do at Widnes.
Unfortunately, that obviously didn’t happen.
We just weren’t at the races on the day, and at the moment I’m afraid we’re just not quite a good enough team to get away with that.
So this week it’s all about getting back to basics and playing the way we had done in the run-out to what happened last Sunday.
Given the events of last weekend, how good is it that you’ve only had to wait until tomorrow night to get that loss out of you system?
When you’re faced with a short turn-around following a bitterly disappointing defeat it can go one of two ways.
You can spend the short week either dwelling on the negative events and decide that the whole world is against you or you can roll your sleeves up, crack on and try to turn a disadvantage into an advantage.
Luckily, the mood within the group is one of looking to get back out there and right the many wrongs of that last match.
It’s very rare that we train two days after a game, but because of the short turn-around that’s exactly what we’ve done, and you can sense that the boys are very eager to get back out there.
Tomorrow's visitors, Castleford, are also probably going to be eager to get back out on the pitch after being on the end of some tough calls against Wigan last week. Does that make them more of a threat?
They’re going to be a challenge, full stop.
They’ve been doing very well under Daryl Powell, and there’s no question they’re very well coached.
They always throw a lot of things at you and like to play with a lot of width.
A lot of their play clearly goes through Luke Gale, while they’ve got a fair forward pack, with Grant Millington down the middle having a great deal to say in what they do there.
So we know we’ve got a fair challenge on their hands, just like they have with us.