HUDDERSFIELD Giants head to champions Leeds Rhinos on Friday determined to prove they are a good team.
After winning their opening four Super League fixtures, the early-season leaders suffered a demoralising 43-18 home defeat to Bradford Bulls.
The Giants have the chance to make amends at Headingley, when head coach Paul Anderson feels his side can show the rest of the top-flight the Bradford horror show was nothing more than a very painful blip.
“What good teams do after a bad loss is respond well, and that’s what we’re looking to do,” said Anderson.
“We’ll go to Leeds knowing we have a choice to make.
“We can either sit back, lick our wounds and feel sorry for ourselves, or we can roll up our sleeves, be physical and have a dig, kick the ball long, chase hard and do all the things that got us to the top of the table.
“If we make that second choice, we know we’ll give ourselves a very good shot.
“That would be a good sign of just how good a team we are.”
Anderson has already made it clear captain Danny Brough, who missed the Bulls defeat through illness, and vastly-experienced prop Stuart Fielden are at the forefront of his thinking.
And the Giants have recalled back row forward Dale Ferguson after the expiry of his months loan spell at Hull KR.
The 25-year-old played in four games for the Robins – including the wins over Warrington and Widnes – and will be available for selection to Anderson for their trip to Headingley.