Huddersfield Giants v Bradford Bulls Super League match reaction
DEFLATED Brett Ferres is sure the hurt the Giants felt at losing heavily to Bradford Bulls will act as a major source of motivation in the weeks ahead.
Huddersfield’s unbeaten start to the Super League XVIII season came crashing to an end as they went down 43-18 at the John Smith’s Stadium.
The feelings at the end of yesterday’s demoralising defeat was in stark contrast to the mood inside the Giants’ camp after the opening four wins at home to Wigan and London Broncos and at St Helens and Wakefield.
And the in-form 26-year-old back-rower and joint Giants vice-captain, who led out the side in the absence of ill skipper Danny Brough, is desperate for the good times to return as quickly as possible – and hopefully at Leeds Rhinos on Friday night.
“How we played against the Bulls was pretty awful, there’s no hiding from that fact,” said Ferres.
“We were poor throughout the 80 minutes and it’s a defeat that’s hit us hard.
“It wasn’t a good feeling, and hopefully it’s a feeling we won’t experience again in a hurry.
“But we are at least in a position to do something about it.
“There were a few tell-tale signs over the last couple of weeks that there were still some areas of our game that we desperately need to fix up.
“We weren’t respecting the ball against Wakefield and Wigan, but we just about managed to get away with it.
“Against Bradford, we obviously didn’t. We can’t afford for this to continue.”
And Ferres knows they need to put it right for the trip to Headingley.
“We’re all pleased we’ve got a short turn-around this week, because it means we don’t have to dwell too long on it,” he added. “We also know how important it is not to make the same mistakes again.
“If we do, we’ll be in trouble.”