Huddersfield Giants star Shaun Lunt knows his side has strength of character to beat Wigan Warriors
IN-FORM Shaun Lunt knows the Giants are ready to pass any test of character they may face at the hands of Wigan Warriors on Saturday (3.00).
Huddersfield head into this weekend’s massive home clash – which has been switched to Saturday so Town’s FA Cup fifth-round home tie with Wigan Athletic can be televised on the Sunday – sitting proudly at the top of Super League XVIII table.
After the Giants’ stunning 40-4 success at St Helens on the opening night of the season, coach Paul Anderson’s men were far less convincing in recording a 34-6 home triumph over London Broncos on Sunday.
But even though the Giants struggled to hit top form against the men from the capital, they were still much too strong for their visitors.
And Lunt (pictured), who was named the sponsors’ man-of-the-match for his two-try display to help sink the Broncos, knows it was their strength of character that paved the way for the win – and it could prove the key again on Sunday against last season’s minor Super League champions.
“I think people would have expected us to put on a better performance than we did the other day,” said Lunt.
“But you can’t be at the top of your game all the time and it shows good character when you don’t play to your best, but you still get the win.
“Things just weren’t working as well for us against the Broncos as they were at Saints the week before.
“Fortunately, we didn’t let that affect us during what was a pretty poor first half for us. We just knuckled down, dug deep and, in the end, ran away with it.
“That probably wouldn’t happen if we didn’t have such good strength of character. I’m sure we’re going to need to show a great deal of character again to make sure we make it three out of three against Wigan this weekend.
“We know with the quality in the side they’re going to test us. But we’ll be ready for that test.”
Lunt is also hoping the Giants fans turn up in big numbers to face a Wigan side who are guaranteed strong backing from the cherry and white faithful.
“The fans were great against the Broncos,” added Lunt.
“It wasn’t the greatest day in the world, weather-wise, but they still came out in good numbers and really got behind the boys, which was fantastic.
“They helped give us a lift, and they can play another important role in that respect this weekend.”
Lunt will again be expected to start at hooker against the Warriors this weekend, with head coach Paul Anderson expected to keep changes to a minimum.
The Giants Under 19 Academy clash against Wigan Warriors at Laund Hill tonight has been postponed due to the weather. A new date has yet to be confirmed.