Sheffield Eagles must not look for excuses as they gear up for a long and testing trip to Workington Town.
Coach Mark Aston is demanding the team be “mentally tough” as they seek to extend a four-match winning run.
“Playing in Cumbria is always a test but we’re not looking for excuses. I want us to go there and play well,” he said.
“We are playing in patches as we always do at this time of the season and the challenge for the guys is to be really mentally and physically strong and defensively have the right attitude.
“Our attitude towards the defensive line, on our line, is an area we must improve.
“We’ve been working on that in training all week and I want to see that happen.”
The game at Derwent Park on Sunday (kick-off 3pm) sees Eagles bidding to keep their momentum going and Town will want to boost their fans after being dumped out of the Challenge Cup by Hunslet Hawks.
Workington, under former Salford boss Phil Veivers, have a big pack and boosted by young backs signed on dual registration deals from Wigan will take the game to Eagles.
“We know what we have to do, we’ve previewed how Workington play and know their weaknesses,” said Aston. “We need to come away with a professional performance, and earn the win.
“Workington can play and we always have a tough task up there.
“Phil Veivers is a smart cookie and he’ll be looking for a result at home.
“The last few weeks we’ve shown we can score points: at Dewsbury 48, Keighley we got 42 points but they scored some really soft tries, last week we got 70 but let in 28 and some of those were on goal-line defence and from kicks.
“We have to bury the mistakes and have the right attitude.””