HULL KR FORWARD Chris Clarkson reckons Leeds Rhinos are getting back to their best, but is confident the Robins are capable of taking the points in the Qualifiers at Headingley tonight.
It has been a tough year for Rhinos, but Clarkson feels they have been “looking a bit like their old selves,” in recent weeks. He said: “They have got some numbers back and hit some form. It’s not an easy task, but we’re going there with confidence. They are in a position they’re not used to and we need to get stuck into them and make them pay for that.”
Tonight’s victors will take a giant step towards Super League survival and Clarkson admitted: “It’s massively important. You’d expect to beat the Championship teams – obviously it’s not a given, but you’d expect to – and then you’d have to beat one Super League team at least as well.
“Leeds on Friday is something I think we can do.”
Clarkson, whose father Peter coaches Rhinos’ youngsters, is relishing his return to Headingley and said being captain – in the absence of Terry Campese and Graeme Horne – will make it extra-special. He said: “It was something I was not really expecting, but I came here wanting to be a leader.
“It has been thrown at me so I had to kind of adjust to that, but I’ve really enjoyed it. It has been something I’ve taken on board and I think it has made me a better player and a better person.
“It has made me grow up quite a lot.
“As captain you have to do talks to all the lads and give advice – they give me advice too – and it has been great.”