Time will tell if Castleford Tigers have benefited from their early-season break.
After just two matches, Tigers had no game last weekend because of scheduled opponents Wigan Warriors’ involvement in the World Club Challenge.
Cas return to action on Sunday, when Hull KR visit Probiz Coliseum.
And asked if the enforced rest will have benefited his team, coach Terry Matterson conceded: “We’ll know on Sunday night.”
Matterson added: “It is a hard one. Not playing last week was a bit frustrating, we wanted to play, having had two wins and just two games into the season.
“But we worked them really hard. They probably didn’t expect to work as hard last week as they did. We have tapered it off this week, so they will be nice and fresh for Sunday.”
Matterson admitted his team will have “no excuses” for under-performing.
“We have trained really well and the players are in good physical condition,” he stated.
“We should have some players back available for selection and there’s no reason for anyone to be complacent.
“If they don’t play well, they won’t be in the team the week after.”
Matterson was due to name his initial 19-man squad this afternoon, but said Ryan Hudson (head) and Nick Fozzard (groin), are likely to be included after injury.
Fans who buy tickets in advance for this weekend’s game will be entitled to half-price admission to the following Sunday’s clash with Catalan Dragons.