DAVID FAIUMU has warned the Huddersfield Giants: "We have to stop feeling sorry for ourselves."
Huddersfield head into tomorrow’s home clash against Catalan Dragons (3.00) having suffered nine defeats in their last 10 top-flight fixtures.
It’s a run which has hit former New Zealand Test star Faiumu hard.
But the 29-year-old utility forward is confident a strong finish to the season can be achieved if the squad think positively.
"I’ve never experienced anything quite like this before," said Faiumu, who had a successful Australian NRL career at North Queensland Cowboys before moving to the Giants four years ago.
"It’s been an incredibly bumpy ride, and one none of us has enjoyed. It’s been tough. And I’m the first to admit I’ve taken it badly. Put it this way, I felt really embarrassed about what happened at Saints (the Giants lost 46-12) and I didn’t want to talk to anyone at all for a while.
"I know my recent contribution to the team has been pretty sub-standard, but that’s the way a lot of the boys feel about the way they’ve been playing.
"So it’s up to us, and us alone, to do something about it."
Catalan, in fourth place, have nine players back who were rested for the win against London Broncos.
"We have to stop feeling sorry for ourselves, start pulling together and fight our way out of this horrible situation," added Faiumu. "We’ve already shown by leading the competition three months ago what we’re capable of achieving if we all make valuable contributions to the team.
"We know, for instance, if we play to our full potential we can beat Catalan, and that could make all the difference in the world. It would be massive for our confidence."