The Reds will be back on home turf this weekend after two beltings away in the past fortnight. Photo: Getty Images
Success has a thousand fathers and failure is an orphan. Never have truer words been uttered as cumulative losses build an intensity and focus on our 2012 campaign.
One thing that always makes me smile when facing challenging situations is the predictability that comes with the circumstances. Press conferences always get bigger and people start to write to you more. There is something gladiatorial about this - a bit of blood in the water and the sharks appear.
What you can control is how you handle yourself. No matter if we are winning or losing, we will keep fronting up and telling it like it is. There are always reasons for things happening and we didn't become a championship-winning team overnight, nor will we become a bad team overnight.
It has been a disappointing patch but it can sometimes be as simple as eradicating one or two errors or even having the bounce of the ball go your way. There have been so many close games this year and the little things can make the difference.
I've never been a big proponent of discussing issues pertaining to playing at home or away, but I must admit it's nice to be back. Routine under pressure is a good thing because the little things become more obvious and it's the little things that make the difference.
Already you can sense a different feel among the group. Our first team meeting back in Brisbane included our 12 injured players and watching them train was uplifting for everyone. As the week has progressed, I have seen Ben Lucas and Mike Harris running freely and Quade Cooper is beginning to get back into the action.
On Tuesday, Quade was fielding high balls and he even ran the opposition back-line's attack in our opposed work. While he wasn't doing contact, you can see he is not far away. All of this elevates the group.
From a pragmatic standpoint, our preparation has also been enhanced, with more bodies available to attend to our strategic needs. Technology is also back at your fingertips and even small things, such as having internet that works, are a positive.
Travel is part of the game, but when you are under pressure - and on the road - the sum of little things makes it hard.
Already this year we have been travelling for five of the past eight weeks and have played just two of eight games in Brisbane, if you include trials. During this time we have been to Cairns, Perth, Sydney, Durban, Johannesburg, Perth and, of course, Brisbane. That's six significant time zone changes and a heap of hotel nights. Never has it been so good to be back in our own beds.
We now have a chance to reassess where we are at with six games played and 10 to come. That's another 40 available competition points if we are good enough. The impact of a four-point bye is not reflected throughout the competition, so ladder position is not comparable just yet.
Rather than assessing our standing, it's important to reflect on where we have been and the causes of what has occurred.
We opened our season with three straight wins. We weren't attack-orientated during these games as they turned out to be pragmatic derby affairs. We then went to South Africa determined to build our attack and were leading the Sharks 17-0 before the little things began to change. Yellow cards and two injured playmakers/goal kickers later and the match ends in a five-point loss.
Rugby is a game of momentum and everything is in the pot. When you alter the ingredients you can get a massive change in taste.
One of the main ingredients in our success is Suncorp Stadium and we cannot wait to get back in front of our fans. We are expecting a big crowd and will be buoyed knowing we have won 16 of our last 17 games there.
We won't be feeling like orphans tomorrow night. It's great to be back.