Headingley Carnegie Insight

In this week’s edition of Headingley Carnegie Insight, Head Coach Brian McDermott looks ahead to Friday’s clash with Catalan Dragons at Headingley Carnegie.

WHAT IS THE MOOD LIKE IN THE CAMP THIS WEEK?

We come into Friday’s game on the back of four wins and, whilst that is pleasing, we also acknowledge that we are still a long way from where we need to be. We have got some good stuff going on but our performance against Crusaders was not a vintage display by us. Having said that, we came up against a very determined side who were looking to throw everything at us. We also weathered the storm well when we lost two influential people early on in Danny McGuire and Brent Webb and then when Chris Clarkson went off in the second half, we showed our resilience and stamina with only one rotation left on the bench.

WHAT DO YOU PUT THE RECENT RUN OF GOOD RESULTS DOWN TO?

The turn around in the results has come about through hard work, determination and a great deal of effort of behalf of the players and the back room staff. Jason Davidson and James Lowes have done a fantastic job and we have made sure that we are doing everything we can to get things right. I said before this run of results, that I could not ask the players to work any harder because I know that this group of men always give their all for this club. However, importantly we stuck to our game plan, we did not start tearing up the book and scrapping our ideas. We believed in ourselves and hopefully we are now coming out the other side now, stronger for that experience.

HOW HIGHLY DO YOU RATE CATALAN?

Catalan are a very difficult team to play against. They are big and aggressive as a unit and can defend extremely well. You have got to be a good side to beat them and they will come to Headingley Carnegie with little pressure on them. We come into the game level on points with them as we enter the second half of the season and the period when you start to crack the whip and when, if you can put a run of results together, you can start to climb the table and jockey for position for the play offs.