Giants coach Nathan Brown answers the questions set by Examiner RL writer Chris Roberts.
Yes, they did suffer that home upset against Catalan on Sunday, but that won’t have any bearing whatsoever on what goes on at the Galpharm tomorrow night.
They obviously had a fair few decent players watching from the stands, but at the same time Catalan did some very good stuff on the day.
We expect to face a Warrington side who will be fully wound up and ready to play.
They showed what they can do with that excellent victory at Wigan 13 days ago, and we’re expecting to face a side similar to that.
They’ll be bringing back some real quality and I’m sure their attitude and effort will be just like it was at the DW Stadium.
If you win this game you’ll go top of the league at their expense. Is that something you’ll be thinking about ahead of kick-off?
Not really, although it is a good thought.
But, to be honest, there’s no point thinking about that if you don’t do well in the game, is there.
Rather than focusing on the possibility of going top, we’ve got to worry about the game and, hopefully, the boys playing well.
The players had a light session on Tuesday, had the day off yesterday and will training again today.
It’s a short week for us and a short week for Warrington, and we already know a fair bit about each other and the way we play.
It’s all about who’s the best on the day.
It’s going to be a very physical contest, and that contest is going to be a big part as to who wins the game.
A major talking point this week has been Hull FC coach Richard Agar’s criticism over the way his side’s game against Castleford was handled by James Child. Do you have any sympathy with Richard?
As I haven’t seen the game it’s pretty hard for me to comment.
But when people are blowing for 27-37 penalties in a game you just don’t get to play football, it’s as simple as that. It can get very frustrating.
I just can’t see how you can have a good spectacle if the referee is blowing for so many penalties.
By all accounts, all those awarded in this particular game were penalties, but the simple fact is that a referee could find a reason to blow for a penalty on every set of six if he felt that way inclined.
So it’s important for the referees to strike the right balance between blowing for penalties at every opportunity or letting the game flow.
If you watched our game against Wigan, for example, the referee that night (Ben Thaler) allowed the game to flow, but still had good control of the game at the same time.
Clearly, the referee does have to control what’s going on, but there’s a balance between right and wrong, and I suppose that this is the difference between the top, experienced officials and the ones who are learning to get there.
In my opinion, there are some ways to control a game rather than blowing the whistle all the time.
We unfortunately saw the negative result of blowing for so many penalties at Hull the other night.
So you’ll obviously be hoping the referee lets the game flow tomorrow night. If he does, it should be a great game, shouldn’t it?
Yes, without a doubt.
Warrington have got some quality players top come back and showed against Wigan what type of team they are.
They’ve scored more points than any other in the competition, so from an attacking point of view they’re probably the most dangerous side to face.
As a result, if your defence isn’t good, they can rattle up some quick tries.
But we’ll be going out there with plenty of confidence and, hopefully, put in the performance on the night that will give ourselves a good shot.
It’s a game we can’t wait to play!