Josh Charnley admits that Warrington’s players were “embarrassed” by their performance at Leeds on Friday as they aim to bounce back against Castleford.
The star-studded Wolves team were thrashed 36-0 at Headingley to leave them still without an away win in Super League since July.
It maintained an infuriating start to the season that has also seen Steve Price’s side comprehensively account for champions St Helens but lose at Wakefield.
But Charnley conceded that the Rhinos defeat in particular simply wasn’t good enough for a team expected to be challenging for silverware.
The 28-year-old said: “We were embarrassed. We reviewed the game Saturday morning and when we watched it back we couldn’t believe what we’d actually dished up.
“Luckily enough we’ve got a quick turnaround and can bounce back. We’ve had a good week’s training – everyone’s mindset is different and we’re focused a lot this week. We need to put some smiles back on people’s faces.”
Asked whether the players could explain the side’s wildly fluctuating form, Charnley responded: “No – it’s mad. We’ve had two good games, Wigan and Saints and it’s just slipped off since that.
“We’re a big unit, a big family and we all need to have a look at ourselves. Sometimes you need that. Friday is a different ball game. We reflected a little bit on the game from Friday but a lot of lads want to forget about it.
“We've trained really well, and nobody’s sloping around with their bottom lip out. Everybody’s buzzing and wants a bit of this pie on Friday.”
Warrington face a Castleford side that has won four of its five opening games, which Charnley – this week recalled to the England set-up – says presents an opportunity for redemption for the Wolves.
He added: “They’re coming in really hot. They’ve got some exciting players in the team that can make something out of nothing so it’s going to be a tough challenge for us. But it’s a challenge we accept and we’ll go all for it on Friday.
“We need to put some smiles back on people’s faces and stop the doubters writing us off. We’ve got some talented players in this team on paper and we should not be getting nilled.
“Friday is a new game, a new week and we’re fully focused on doing that job in the 80 minutes.”
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