NATHAN BROWN has warned the Huddersfield Giants they’re going to have to get back to their defensive best to guarantee Super League success over Hull KR at the Galpharm Stadium tonight (8.00).
Stuttering Huddersfield host the in-form Robins trying to avoid five successive top-flight defeats for the first time during Brown’s four-year reign.
While the Giants have lost at home to leaders Wigan and suffered shock defeats at the hands of Salford and Widnes in their last three Super League outings, Rovers have thrashed Castleford and secured narrow victories over Hull FC and Warrington.
That means the visitors will start the contest with their confidence sky high.
And Brown knows it’s vital the Giants match fire with fire during the opening stages and snuff out Hull KR’s undoubted attacking threat if they are to put themselves in a position to return to winning ways.
“Hull KR are going well and they’ll be a big challenge,” said Brown.
“They showed what they’re capable of doing earlier in the season when they beat us at their place (40-20). At the time, we were top of the table and playing well.
“So no-one needs to tell us what we’re up against tonight.
“All this season’s recruits have had a positive impact on their team, which has made them even more of an attacking threat.
“It’s helped take a bit of pressure off (main playmaker) Michael Dobson, because of the ability of others in the team to use the ball.
“We know they’re going to challenge us, so we’ve got to be up to that challenge. Our defence has got to be at its best.
“Everything in training this week has been positive – just as it was in the week leading up to the Widnes game! – so we’ve got to ensure there’s no repeat of the end product this time around.