THESE are pretty dark times for the club.
We’ve been struggling to get the wins in Super League, and we’re now out of the Challenge Cup.
But the key is not to lose hope.
And I know that’s something we won’t do.
Memories of last season when we lost our opening seven Super League games on the trot are still fresh in our minds, and we learned some valuable lessons during that time which we are sure will stand us in good stead in the second half of this season.
We still have faith in each other’s ability, and we all remain 100% behind those players who have been doing it so tough in recent games. They have received full support from us all, because they are quality players and remain potential matchwinners.
So let’s just hope they can prove that at home to Hull KR on Sunday.
It’s going to be strange facing Rovers once again after we faced each other in the Challenge Cup just a week ago.
They are a very good side, capable of beating anyone on their day.
But I genuinely believe I saw enough from our performance a week ago to suggest we can turn it around and gain our revenge.
Although I feel their defence against us deserves some credit, it was our own individual errors that let them back into the game and enabled them to progress to the quarter-finals of the competition.
It goes without saying, therefore, that cutting out the mistakes will hold the key to our success. If we don’t, then it’ll be another tough day.
There’s no way at all that we can afford to let our standards slip again today, because the Robins are definitely a class act.
At the beginning of the season, I tipped Rovers as a potential top-six side, and nothing so far has made me change that opinion.
They’ve made some very shrewd signings, both from over here and in Australia, and in Mick Vella I believe they boast one of the most under-rated props in the competition.
I thought he made an outstanding contribution against us a week ago, and stopping a player like him will immediately help give us the upper hand.
Yet while I rate Hull KR highly, the main focus this weekend is on us.
Although recent results haven’t been going our way, we know we are a good team with the ability to beat any side in Super League.
Now is the time to go out and prove that to everyone. That’s vitally important.
And I just hope I am back in the side this weekend.
I felt I came through last week’s run-out in the Reserves well, and my dead leg injury has given me no real trouble since.
Nothing would give me greater pleasure than returning on Sunday and helping us get back on the winning track.