Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson admits his side’s Super League XVIII performance against Bradford Bulls was embarrassing
GIANTS coach Paul Anderson has admitted his side were “embarrassing” after crashing to a shock 43-18 home defeat to Bradford.
Huddersfield lost the only 100% record in Super League XVIII after suffering their first defeat in their opening five top-flight fixtures to a Bulls side who scored seven tries to three.
Anderson’s men still remain a point clear at the top following Warrington’s equally surprising 26-12 defeat at Hull KR.
But that proved scant consolation for Anderson, who refused to use the late withdrawal of captain Danny Brough through illness as an excuse for a performance he termed a “fiasco”.
“As good a player as he is, I don’t think he would have made much difference to that fiasco,” he said. “It was just embarrassing.
“Some of the errors we came up with were childish, dropping the ball with nobody in front of you. It robbed us of energy.
“It was a combination of what’s happened over the last few weeks. We gave the ball away against Wigan and Wakefield and just got through the games but, if you keep doing that, eventually you are going to get burnt.
“Bradford got what they deserved and we got what we deserved. There was a distinct lack of urgency with the ball.”
At the same time, the Giants chief was also keen to keep things in perspective after some of his players incurred the wrath of the home faithful over the way they had played.
“What I’ve told all the players is to keep sticking their chests out and remember what they have done in the opening four rounds,” added Anderson.
“They’ve all proved in those opening games that they are very good players. That’s what they should be thinking and saying, and one bad game doesn’t change that.”