ROCHDALE Hornets chief Joe Pitts has promised his side will play with no fear when they face the might of the Super League Giants at the Galpharm Stadium tomorrow.
The struggling Hornets have already been written off by almost everyone in the game, with the facts speaking for themselves.
While the Giants are fourth in Super League, Rochdale are languishing at the foot of the lowest tier of the professional game with one win from their opening six fixtures.
That included a 24-12 defeat at Blackpool Panthers on Monday when coach Darren Shaw was forced to field an injury-hit side.
Injuries are again a problem for Hornets as they prepare to do battle against coach Nathan Brown’s men.
But chief operating director Pitts believes his players will be up for the challenge.
“We’re all very well aware of the magnitude of the task ahead of us,” said Pitts, whose players will earn three times their usual win bonus for pulling off a shock success.
“But games like this are ones to savour rather than fear.
“I know from my time as a player (he played professionally at Batley, Bradford and Bramley), how I felt when I played against a team from a higher division.
“I always respected my opponents rather than feared them, and that’s the attitude we’re adopting this weekend.
“This is the chance for our players to test themselves against Super League opposition and in a fantastic stadium.
“This isn’t something that comes along for them every day, and they’ll all relish the opportunity to see what they can do.
“We all want to make it a day to remember.”