posted on 4 August 2015

With our first Super 8s fixture against Salford Red Devils just five days away, we caught up with Scott Anderson about the task ahead!

Anderson, who is back in action following a injury lay-off, believes the squad are fully prepared to start the Super 8 Qualifiers with a bang.

"When Brian Smith came in we knew we were going to be in the qualifiers group so the last four or five games were all about making sure we go into the split fully prepared." Anderson stated.

"We've been getting our combinations sorted and I think the second-half against Huddersfield last time out showed that we've come a long way. We played with a lot of character and proved that we can match it with the best, it's now all about taking those positives into the first game and we can't afford to slip up."

Brian Smith isn't the only new face at Belle Vue, with no fewer than 10 players coming in since his arrival and Anderson says the fresh faces have given everyone a lift, keeping all the players on their toes for a place in the team.

"Everyone's fitting in nicely, they're all familiar with the combinations now and we've got a number of players for each position that are good enough to step in so we've all got to be on our best form if we are to be in the squad.

"Brian will have a few selection headaches but that's what every coach wants. It inspires the whole team to perform knowing that if you don't do what's asked of you then you will be sat on the sidelines."

2015 has been a tough season for Anderson who has only managed to make 9 Super League appearances due to a few injuries, but the former Brisbane Broncos front-rower is now back to full fitness and looking forward to helping the team achieve the ultimate goal of Super League survival.

"It's been really tough for me with the injuries but I'm back fit now and just want to help the team on the field." he said.

"I've enjoyed the last few weeks getting back into the swing of things and now I'm really looking forward to the Middle 8s, improving my personal performances and contributing to what we'll be doing as team."

With a number of supporters coaches heading over to Salford on Sunday, Anderson was full of praise for the fans and is looking forward to the atmosphere that the Red, White & Blue Army will create in the away end.

"The fans have been great all season which means an awful lot to the players. If they can all get across to Salford on Sunday and make plenty of noise that will help us a lot."

"I'm looking forward to the atmosphere and hopefully hearing our fans cheer us on to a win."


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