Sheffield Eagles’ players have been told to face hard facts after their morale-sapping defeat by Doncaster.
A repeat performance - particularly in defence - could lead to disaster when they face Castleford Tigers in the fifth round of the Challenge Cup.
Coach Mark Aston is promising his players a tough week in training after a 28-12 lead disappeared to become a 42-34 defeat in the South Yorkshire derby.
He said: “This week has to be about honesty and if we go out and do what we did in the second half (against Doncaster) Cas will score 100 points.
“It’s time for honesty, I’ve been honest with them and they have to be honest with each other and themselves.”
The Eagles third defeat of the season saw them slip further off the pace.
They are languishing in sixth place in the Championship, and former Eagles favourite Daryl Powell’s Castleford are second in the Super League after big wins against Wakefield and Warrington over Easter.
“There were people out there who are good enough to do the job but some aren’t putting themselves in the right position to do that,” Aston added.
“It’s our attitude.
“I have seen this coming and I have tried to rev them up at training but it’s not there.”