Captain’s Column: Hemel will be up for the cup and we need to produce a professional performance

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It’s Challenge Cup weekend this weekend and we welcome Hemel Stags to the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.

They’ll be really excited because they’ve got the chance to play against Super League opposition which is going to be massive for them, they’ll be really up for it.

I’ve played in a lower league team in the cup and it’s a great opportunity for you. You really look forward to the game and you’re up for it a little bit more than your normal game.

They’ll be coming here really up for it and it’s up to us to put on a really professional performance.

As far as everybody else will be looking at it, we’re in a bit of a no-win situation. Everyone expects us to win and probably win comfortably. Anything other than that and people will be disappointed and probably have a bit to say about us.

We’re confident in-house on what we’re doing at the moment and we’ll be looking to put in a professional performance and a good performance.

It goes back to what we’ve been saying about the performances in the league this year. We’ve been having these 20 minutes here and there that have been letting us down and maybe we’ve not been too ruthless and finishing our opportunities off and finishing games off. It’s another good chance to put that into practice, get a good win and spur us on for the rest of the season.

Momentum is a really important thing and we’ll definitely be looking to put a performance on and build on the back of going into a really important game against Widnes next week and some other important games as well.

Jon Molloy has joined us this week and will make his debut against Hemel. He was at Huddersfield with me before and he’s a really good lad. He carries the ball really strong and he’s a good back-rower and still pretty young as well.

I’m sure the fans will be happy when they see him play because he’s really good.

He’s settled in well, he’s pretty quiet I think he’s just been taking everyone in at the minute. There’s been a bit of banter with his arrival, a few people trying to get him to do a speech but nothing too much. He’s a big lad anyway! I had a year with him at Huddersfield so maybe that’s helped him settle in a bit better because he knows me, Andy Raleigh and Kyle Wood as well.

On another note, Justin Poore has been enjoying the better weather this week. He wears the typical Australian attire of shorts and flip-flops all the time so it’s good that the weather has improved!

- Danny