Nottingham Outlaws will continue their quest for that elusive win when they travel up to east Yorkshire on Saturday to take on North Hull Knights.
It will be a bit of a journey into the unknown as the two sides have never met before. However the Outlaws faithful will be hoping that the points drought will finally be over after a run of eight successive defeats that has seen them slip down the table, perilously close to the drop zone.
Despite last weeks heavy defeat at Batley the coaching staff remained upbeat with the overall performance, with plenty of signs of improvement in what was a gutsy performance. Speaking at this weeks press briefing Strachan was quick to praise the team after last weeks efforts, although he expects to see improvements this week, commenting “With a bit more stability in selection we now need to kick on from last week where our attack showed promise. In defence we need to concentrate on every play and dominate whole sets rather than 3 or 4 tackles”
Indeed coach George Strachan looked set to name a similar line up depending on late fitness tests.
A look down the preliminary team sheet sees the pack looking fairly settled and is likely to remain largely unchanged although regular number nine Chris Prime looks set for a recall. It will also be a major surprise if the regular halfback pairing of Strachan and Cunliffe is changed whilst rookie fullback Matt Horner likley to retain the number one shirt at fullback.