Batley Bulldogs coach Karl Harrison believes his side are now starting to make the pundits eat their words.
Batley racked up their eighth win of the Co-operative Championship campaign when they won 34-12 at Hunslet last week.
They are only one point adrift of second-placed Featherstone, and Harrison insists the Bulldogs’ Grand Final ambitions are genuine.
He said: “We set our stall out at the start of the season and people laughed at our ambitions, but we’ve got a tough bunch of blokes who are dedicated to the cause.”
Barrow coach Nigel Wright will be hoping for improvement on last week’s 30-18 win over Toulouse, although he admitted there were aspects that particularly pleased him.
Wright said: “Overall I would give that performance seven out of ten.”