Salford City Reds are looking to win three on the bounce for only the second time this season as they face the Castleford Tigers on Sunday.
The Reds, fresh from toppling the in-form Catalan Dragons last weekend, are in the midst of a three-match unbeaten run.
Last week’s result comes after the dramatic draw against Bradford Bulls and the Magic Weekend triumph over Huddersfield Giants.
Despite the unbeaten run the Reds have shipped 84 points in three matches and fullback Luke Patten knows his side need to improve defensively.
“We shouldn't be letting that many points in and it is definitely something we'll talk about,” he said.
“We're the sort of team that need to take our chances and get confidence from that,” he said. “That's what happened towards the end of the Catalan game.”
Patten, who will leave these shores to return to his native Australia at the end of the season, has been a standout performer for the Reds this season.
“All year, we've been a team that have been in games and have just needed a bit of luck to go our way.
“The Castleford game is a huge game for us. Three wins on the bounce would be beautiful.”
Castleford have been on a downward slide recently with Monday’s loss to Yorkshire rivals Bradford Bulls the latest in a slump which has left them languishing in 12th place in the ladder.
Speaking after the Magic Weekend loss to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats influential standoff Rangi Chase told MM of his disappointment at the Tigers’ recent form.
“Not sure where that leaves us really. We are doing the best we can – we want top eight.
“If you ask any team what they want they would say top eight but we aren’t in the best of form right now.”
Despite the recent downturn Chase will be a key man on Sunday’s clash at the Probiz Coliseum along with halfback partner Danny Orr.
Tigers came out on top in the reverse fixture running out 24-10 winners in frozen conditions on opening night.