POWERHOUSE forward Frank Watene believes Fax can use their morale-boosting 36-16 Co-operative Championship success at Leigh Centurions as a springboard for a tilt at the end of season play-offs.
Fax took the league leaders apart in ruthless fashion during a tigerish first half display which laid the foundations for victory at the Leigh Sports Village on Thursday.
It continued the club’s gradual improvement since former Great Britain and Bradford coach Brian Noble signed up to assist head coach Matt Calland. And it is that improvement which Watene belives will breathe confidence into the players and ultimately help during the rest of the campaign.
“It was definately a big team performance and from here I firmly believe we can take steps and turn the corner,” said Watene.
“Things went to plan for the majority of the time which made a nice change because in some games this season we hadn’t been playing to the game plan.
“It was nice to finally have things click into place and see us heading in the right direction.”
Watene likened the game to last season’s successful Grand Final display against Featherstone when Fax never let their confidence and self-belief waver.
“It did have the same kind of feeling as the Grand Final in that we just never let the game go,” said Watene.
“It was fantastic that we could take a lead and hold onto it even when they pulled a score back in the first half.
“They are supposedly the best team in the league and for us to turn them over in the manner that we did was a real big positive for us”
While Watene praised the work Calland has been putting into the club, he added that the ‘Noble Factor’ had also played a major part in the team’s improvement
“I think the influence that Brian Noble has brought has played its part,” said Watene. “He has cemented a lot of the ideas that we were already working on with Matt and brought fresh ones to the table.
“Matt is a very good coach but I guess we just needed a different perspective which Brian has added and the players have responded well.
“The other big difference was that we all, as players, were pulling in the same direction and when we do that we are pretty much unstoppable.
“With the quality of players we have, we should be nowhere near the bottom of the table.”