19th June 2019, 10:32 | super_league
The Broncos made a flying start on their return to the top flight with three wins from their opening seven matches to raise hopes of avoiding a quick return to the Betfred Championship before losing seven in a row.
They have been bottom of the pile since April but three wins from their last four matches, including a golden-point triumph over leaders St Helens in their last home game, has again boosted their survival aspirations.
“The boys are pretty confident after the last couple of victories,” Ward said. “It’s a pretty exciting camp at the minute, especially being on Sky and being at home.
“But we’ve kept the boys’ feet on the ground. That’s always the case, whether we win or lose, we come back in on a Monday morning, put it to bed and move on to the next job.
“There’s nothing to get carried away with. There’s been some good performances and some good results but at the same time there’s plenty of rugby to be played and we’re still bottom of the league with a lot of work to do.”
With Hull KR winning two of their last three matches, including a first for new coach Tony Smith against his old club Warrington Wolves, the bottom half of the table has become congested and several clubs who might have thought they were safe have suddenly found themselves in danger of being dragged into the relegation fight.
“We’re level on points with Leeds and only a couple behind Huddersfield now,” Ward said.
“I think there’s a few teams that will be looking over their shoulder and under a little bit of pressure.
“It’s just a tight competition this year – maybe not at the top because Saints are running away with it a little bit – but I think it’s just shown how even it is this year, that everyone can beat each other on their day.”
Despite their revival, Ward insists his team remain underdogs going into Thursday’s game at the Ealing Trailfinders and believes there will be more twists and turns before the end of the season.
“We go into most games as underdogs,” he said. “We’re bottom of the league and the table doesn’t really lie.
“I’d probably say we’ll be underdogs this week as well. Hull KR are a fantastic team, they’ve got some quality international players and a fantastic coach in Tony Smith, who’s there now. And they beat Warrington at the weekend.
“Whether we win or lose on Thursday, there’s still 10 games to play. It will be awesome to move off the bottom of the table but at the same time there’s still a helluva long way to go.
“There will be lots of twists and turns and a lot of rugby to be played so we’re not building it up too much.”