Leeds coach Brian McDermott says the champions are in a "mood" as they prepare to defend the only 100% record in Super League's Magic Weekend.
The Rhinos are the only team to have won all their matches in Cardiff and Edinburgh but McDermott knows they must improve on their recent form if they are maintain that record at Manchester's Etihad Stadium on Sunday.
They go into their derby clash with Bradford after suffering back-to-back defeats which saw them drop below the Bulls to eighth place in the table and McDermott admits his is not the only glum face around Headingley.
"The mood is not good," he said.
"The guys are hurting at the moment and there are not many smiles around the place.
"I'm not going to say that we have forgotten all about Monday and we're bouncing ready to go again because right now that would be a lie.
"What we are is determined and working hard to resolve the issues that have affected us this season and prevented us from playing the type of rugby we want to produce."
The Bulls have lost just one of their last five league games, a run which began with a 12-4 victory over the champions at Odsal, and assistant coach Francis Cummins, a former Leeds favourite, would love a repeat of that result.
"We have the opportunity to do the double over Leeds and that's great motivation for the club and the supporters," Cummins said.
"They were very pleased with what we did on Good Friday and we want to do that again and prove that it was no fluke.
"We feel that we are perhaps a little underestimated in some quarters and we have to go round things maybe a little differently to teams such as Leeds but we know that the desire is there from the players and they have shown that over the past few weeks.
"They will be ready to go out and ruffle a few feathers again."
The Leeds-Bradford derby is third up on the second day of the Magic Weekend, which opens at noon with Catalan Dragons' traditional fixture with London Broncos.
Huddersfield then take on Salford at 2pm while Wigan and St Helens bring down the curtain at 6pm.