MOMENTUM in sport is such a wonderful thing.
When you’ve got it behind you, it’s one of the best feelings in the world, and you believe you’re capable of achieving anything.
And, in a sense, that’s the way we’re feeling at the Giants right now.
We’re obviously not going to fall into the trap of getting too carried away. That would be asking for trouble.
However, we do feel as if we’ve got some real momentum at just the right time, and that’s given us all a massive boost of confidence.
Although we obviously didn’t intend losing our opening seven League games of the season, it’s been the plan of the coaching staff all along to ensure we reach our peak at just the right time.
Jon (Sharp) is great at mapping this out and there’s no doubt he’s got it spot-on.
This may have been a very tough and intense Super League season, but we still feel in relatively good shape for this time of the year.
OK, all of our bodies are showing the usual wear and tear you would expect from another tough campaign.
But, on the back of a couple of great wins, it’s remarkable how these knocks don’t feel half as painful as if you’re on a losing streak!
It’s certainly something I know for myself.
The game at Warrington last Friday was my first back after suffering my kidney injury, and I did feel a little bit wary going into the game.
However, I soon got into my stride and as it became clear we had put ourselves in a winning position, I felt no pain whatsoever. It was great!
And, I know this is stating the obvious, we hope this continues for as long as possible.
We know we go into tomorrow’s big home clash against Wakefield knowing a victory would take us into the play-offs for the first time.
But we’re not going to let the play-off bid act as any sort of distraction at all.
We are looking at tomorrow as just any other game, against opponents who we will be treating with the utmost respect.
We’ve obviously got a great record against Wakefield and if we win tomorrow that’s four out of four against them this year.
But that’s something they’ll be desperate to avoid.
Those defeats really hurt them, and I’m sure John Kear will be using that as an extra source of motivation this weekend.
But while we will treat them with the utmost respect, the key is what we do and how we perform.
And we know with the momentum behind us, we can win once again!