Griffin looking for Huddersfield Giants revenge
DARRELL GRIFFIN will be looking to maintain his consistent form and lead the Giants on a successful revenge mission at Warrington Wolves on Sunday.
Having beaten Huddersfield in last year’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley and then humiliated the Giants 60-4 at the Galpharm in this season’s competition, the 28-year-old prop feels the time has come to strike back.
The former England front-row forward knows that won’t be easy against a Warrington side who are second in Super League with 10 wins from their 14 top-flight fixtures.
But with the Giants counting themselves unlucky to have been beaten 38-30 by leaders Wigan last week while Warrington were losing 26-16 at Leeds Rhinos, Griffin believes the signs look promising.
“I know from previous experience at Wakefield how difficult it can be to get over a heavy defeat, especially when no-one could really see it coming,” said Griffin.
“But we showed against Wigan how much character we have in this side. The response to that Warrington defeat was fantastic, and we came off the field on Sunday feeling really disappointed we didn’t win it.
“And we already know how disappointed we’ll feel again if we don’t win against Warrington this weekend.
“What happened in the Cup hasn’t dented our confidence, because we know it was just one of those days.
“We all still know 100% that we are can beat anyone on our day, and it would be good to prove that this weekend.
“There is a general feeling that we owe Warrington one for what they did to us the other week, and it would be great to do that on their own ground.
“But we also know that will only be achieved if we focus fully on what we’re doing and make sure we learn the lessons of the other week.
“We know that if we play to our full potential, we’ll get the two points that will keep us right up there in the top four or five.”
And Griffin will be looking to play a leading role in making that happen.
The Oxford-born prop has been one of the Giants’ most consistent performers this year, and he knows he’s going to need to be at his very best again against Morley, Westwood and co.
“Warrington have a no-thrills pack who do a tremendous job in laying a good platform for their backs,” added Griffin.
“But we feel we can more than match them, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.
“I’ve been happy with the way things have gone for me this year and I’m now a lot more comfortable playing in this side.
“I did struggle to adapt to the new way Nathan (Brown) wanted me to play at first, but things started to come together in the second half of the year, and it’s gone on from there.
“I’ve not had any conversations with Browny this year about him being disappointed with the way I’ve been playing, which is great.
“I just hope that’s the case again after the Warrington game on Sunday, particularly on the back of a win!”