Anderson will demand more
PROUD Giants coach Paul Anderson will demand even more from his players after warming up for the play-offs in spectacular style.
Huddersfield secured just their fourth victory in their last 14 Super League games with a stunning 48-24 home triumph over world club champions Leeds in the final game of the regular season.
It was a win which was also achieved with 12 men following the controversial 15th-minute dismissal of Luke O’Donnell (see Page 32 & 33).
The success was exactly what the Giants needed ahead of Sunday’s opening play-off trip to Hull FC for a sudden-death encounter.
But even though Anderson was delighted with the victory and Huddersfield’s first double over Leeds in over half a century, the former Great Britain prop is expecting a better performance against the Black and Whites in six days time.
“Our effort in regard to the circumstances of having a player sent off was outstanding,” said Anderson.
“That’s a compliment to our forwards and the conditioners.
“For 65 minutes I was over the moon, but then some people clocked off. The last 15 minutes didn’t impress me at all.
“It’s something we’re going to be looking at.
“I suppose some may say it was inevitable we’d concede a couple of tries late on because we were down to 12 men.
“But I’d just see that as looking to make excuses.
“The players know exactly what I thought about that final 15 minutes, and I’m not expecting to see a repeat against Hull next week.
“A win like yesterday has given us some momentum, but it was still far from perfect.”