Captain’s Column: Squad’s honest assessment will help us climb out of current dip in form

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The boys were all extremely disappointed with the result against Castleford Tigers on Saturday and I know the fans were too.

It was a big derby match and it was on a great stage at Magic Weekend. We were desperate to bounce back from our poor performance the week before against Hull KR and we didn’t do that.

Some of the boys have had a few ‘tweets’ from frustrated fans after Saturday but I’ve got every confidence in the squad that we can improve and get out of the dip in form we’re suffering at the moment.

We’re a good group and we stick together, we’ve been in worse situations than we currently find ourselves in.

It’s times like this when you find out what a group is all about, it’s easy when you’re winning, and I’m confident that we have what it takes to pick ourselves up and regain some good form sooner rather than later.

The lads, and Rich, are all really honest with each other and it’s been like that in training this week looking back at our performance against Cas - we have to be like that if we want to improve.

Some lads have had a bit of a dip in confidence which comes when you don’t win games, and you can perhaps see that.

It won’t get any easier against the leaders Wigan this weekend but I think it’s the ideal opportunity for us to show what we’re all about.

You have to relish playing in these type of matches, not fear them, and we’ll be doing that on Sunday.

We can take some heart from the fact that we’ve scored more points against them this season than any other team so far and we did that with 12 men and with a few key players missing too.

We can also take some heart from our form in the second half of last season.

That’s gone now, but we can look at the hard work that we all put in to that good run of form and try and replicate that in the games that remain this season.

If we put in the substantial work load then I’m sure the improved form will come.

One of the bright sparks from the weekend was Taulima’s first game for us.

He only had a couple of days with the squad before the match but he played well.

He’s a good character to have around the place and we’ve been helping him settle in, I’m sure he’ll be a good signing for the club and the fans will be looking forward to watching him in his first home game this weekend.

- Danny.