Headingley Carnegie Insight

In this weeks edition of Headingley Carnegie Insight, Head Coach Brian McClennan looks ahead to his side’s clash with Castleford Tigers this Friday at Headingley Carnegie, kick off 8pm.

HAVE YOUR PLAYERS BENEFITTED FROM A WEEK OFF LAST WEEK?

With us not having a game last weekend due to the Carnegie Challenge Cup semi finals we took the opportunity to give a the players a few days off. They have really benefited from this and come Monday morning everyone was bouncing in training and looking forward to returning to action tonight against Castleford.
With just four games remaining in the regular season we considered Monday morning as Day One to our run in to the Play Offs. If you are going to be a contender for the title come the end of the season now is the time when you start your run and that is exactly what we will be looking to do.

ARE YOU LOOKING FORWARD TO FRIDAY’S DERBY?

I am sure there will be a great atmosphere here for another local derby. The last time we met Castleford it was a really close game but also a high quality game which was remarkable given the conditions that that game was played in. We are looking forward to challenging ourselves against the Tigers again.

WHO DO YOU SEE AS THE DANGERS IN THE CASTLEFORD TEAM?

Rangi Chase and Ryan McGoldrick are very dangerous players for them as they are highly creative. Michael Shenton is a quality centre and I like the enterprising style of rugby they play. They are prepared to attack whenever they get the ball and it is a brand of footie that suits them. Chase in particular has been outstanding in his attack and will be a threat to us.
The fact that they should now make the top eight play offs shows the progress that they have made in just a year and it is a great advertisement from continuity and stability at a club. Terry Matterson and his coaching staff have grown the base of young players at their disposal and for them to be now on the brink of a play off spot is a great achievement for a proud club who represent a proud area for Rugby League. It is a great achievement for everyone associated with their club.

HOW DO YOU FEEL YOU SIDE IS SHAPING UP NOW?

We have reviewed our last game against Warrington over the past fortnight and we have taken a lot of heart from some aspects of our play in the last quarter. Other than a two minute period in the last twenty minutes, when we let them in for a try, I thought we began to show what we are made off. The play in the final quarter was a ray of light and we need to grab hold of that and make some progress as a team from those moments. It was a spark that I had been looking for for a while, it is now our job to turn that spark into a flame and I am really looking forward to seeing the boys back out there on Friday night doing their job.