I CAN’T remember the last time our confidence was quite so high going into a game.
Everyone has obviously been buzzing this week on the back of that magnificent win at Wigan seven days ago, and the arrival at last of our new signing David Faiumu has added to that general sense of well-being. The early signs suggest he’s going to be a great acquisition.
Whether David makes his Super League debut at Castleford this weekend remains to be seen.
But whichever 17 go into action at The Jungle, we feel confident we can build on last week’s first away win of the season.
I know a lot has been written and said about our poor away form this year, but it’s something we’ve never really spoken about as a group. We always try to prepare the same whether we’re at home or away and never try to make a big deal about it.
Yet there’s no doubt last Friday has to go down as probably our most satisfying win of the season.
It was one of those occasions when everything we did seemed to go right, with our defence proving the key.
There’s no doubt that defensively this was one of our strongest performances of the season and, apart from one kick, they never looked like breaking us down.
I suppose it’s a little disappointing we didn’t get more credit for this performance, with most of the focus being on the way Wigan played – or didn’t play – against us.
But we won’t lose any sleep over that.
All that matters to us as a group is that we know we played well as a team and that if we can maintain this level of form for the rest of the season, then we’ll get a few more wins on the board.
And then who knows where we might finish up!
Yes, we know that reaching the play-offs may now been something of a mission impossible, but while we can still mathematically do it we certainly won’t give up hope. Doing so now would simply be raising the white flag, and it’s never been in our nature to do anything like that.
However, we all appreciate that a defeat at Castleford on Sunday is the last thing we need.
We feel confident victory will be ours, but we also know if we’re over-confident we could be asking for trouble.
The Tigers may be bottom of the table, and four points behind us, but they’ve had some cracking wins this season, most notably at home to Leeds and St Helens.
And they did, of course, hammer Quins in the capital the other week, so their confidence is going to be high, too.
But we’re looking forward to playing and, hopefully with a strong following behind us, we’ll give the fans something else to shout about.