Prop Liam Watts reckons Castleford Tigers were close to their best in the big derby win over Leeds Rhinos.
Tigers roared to a 42-10 victory, eight days after being crushed 44-16 at Catalans Dragons.
The win two days ago lifted them a place to third in Betfred Super League and Watts felt it was exactly the response needed after the below-par effort in France.
“We were disappointed with the Catalans performance and we wanted to put it to bed pretty quickly,” said the front-rower.
“We managed to go out there and put a few wrongs right. I thought it was a very good performance all round.
“I know there were a few errors in there, but it looked like we were back to near our best.”
I know there were a few errors in there, but it looked like we were back to near our best.Liam Watts
It was Rhinos’ eighth successive Super League defeat, but their first game under the new coaching team of Kevin Sinfield and James Lowes and Watts admitted that made it a “tricky” challenge for Tigers.
He added: “You do your prep’ all week on them and then they get a new coach and you don’t know what’s been put in place or what’s been said. We knew they’d come and play and put their best foot forward.
It was a hot day and I think it gave us a bit of a helping hand playing at Catalans.
“That put us in good stead and it was a very pleasing result.”
The heat made it tough for everyone, especially the big men in the middle of the field.
“You’ve just got to get on with it,” Watts said.
“That’s what we get paid to do. It was tough out there, the first 15 minutes was absolutely frantic and we just had to do our best.
“We hung in there and we knew they were low on interchanges so we knew we were going to get them towards the end. You could see they just fell off with about 20 minutes to go.
“Last week a few plays didn’t come off so we wanted to be patient and we knew we’d get them in the end. That’s what we did at the Magic Weekend and it has paid dividends again.”
Sunday’s game was Watts’ 12th for Tigers, where he began his professional career, since his early-season move from Hull.
“The fans are all getting behind me and I am enjoying it, it has been good,” he said.
“As a team we need to be more consistent.
“We’ve talked about that, we’ve got three games left in the regular season and we’re hoping to win all three. That’ll put us in a good place going into the Super-8s and if we do that we’ll be second or third, but we will see how it goes.
“We are taking it one step at a time.”