Have you got over the disappointment of the Hull KR defeat yet?
Yes, we’ve moved on now.
We had the review on Monday and we’re already looking forward to the Leeds game.
The good thing about playing Sunday and then Friday is that you don’t have to wait too long to get back out onto the field if things haven’t gone well at the weekend.
Everyone’s relishing the trip to Headingley.
So were there any positives at all to take from the game against Rovers?
Larne Patrick started a game for us for the first time in a long while and was our best player on the day. That I thought was a definite positive.
And there were parts of our game that were ‘ok’.
But the simple fact was that the opposition were just too good for us on the day, and our commitment just wasn’t where it needed to be to beat a good team.
How do you think Tony Tonks performed on his Super League debut?
Tony’s involvement was good.
We just need to build up his engine a bit, while Tony needs to keep on working on getting used to playing at this level.
But we were all quite positive about what Tony gave us on the day at Hull KR.
Although he played limited time at prop, the stuff he did was of good quality. It’s just that at Super League level you need to do it for longer.
But he definitely showed he’s capable of being a capable Super League player.
As well as the Giants’ defeat at Hull KR, there were some surprising defeats across the board in Super League last weekend. Did that come as a surprise to you?
Not really, no.
I’m sure some may have regarded our defeat at Hull KR as something of a shock, but we all travelled there knowing we were facing a dangerous team.
They were a good team under (previous coach) Justin Morgan, and they’re now a good team under (new coach) Craig Sandercock, but playing a different way. They’re now a lot less predictable than they used to be.
And the simple fact is that if they play well and you only play ‘ok’ and your effort isn’t where it needs to be, they’ll score points against you. That’s exactly what happened with us.
At the end of the day, we didn’t get beaten by a bad team, they’re a good team. To be honest, I’ve got a lot of time for them.
But there are now good teams throughout Super League, so results are going to be a lot less predictable, which is obviously the way it should be.
A lot of sides down the bottom have recruited some very good players, which makes every side extremely competitive on the day.
Wakefield are a good example of that.
A couple of weeks ago, they pushed us along and we were delighted to come away with the win. Then a week later, they were unlucky not to win at Warrington, and we’re the sides running one and two in the competition.
But last weekend, they went and beat Catalan, who were running third. That may have surprised some people, but I don’t think it’ll have come as a big surprise to the two teams involved.
Then, look at London Broncos.
They beat Castleford a couple of weeks ago and then pushed Wigan all the way at Wigan, which they’re always going to be capable of doing given the good players they’ve got in key positions.
So, the key when you’re playing any side in the competition and you want to win is to make sure you’re committed and playing well every week.
Simply playing ‘ok’ is often not going to be good enough.
Were you surprised with the ease at which St Helens beat Leeds Rhinos on Sunday (46-6)?
Given the quality of the players Saints possess, they’re always capable of doing that to an opponent.
They may have lost their previous four games, but those were by a total of just 10 points or something.
So if Saints are up and Leeds are just a little bit off, these things can happen. It’s the nature of our competition.
Do you think that heavy Leeds’ defeat will have any bearing on tomorrow’s clash at Headingley?
It’s not really for me to comment on what Leeds are going to do and how they’ll react. Our priority and focus has to be on looking at the areas we need to improve and making sure we fix them up.
But we do know Leeds are a good side – one heavy defeat at St Helens doesn’t change – and you don’t win the competition four times out of the last five years if that’s not the case.
As a result, we know we’re going to be in for a big test and we’re going to have to be at our best to get anything out of the contest.
Over the past few years, we’ve had some great games against Leeds, and there’s generally been very little between us.
When I first came to the Giants, I don’t think as a club we enjoyed playing Leeds, but we do now.
Any team that wants to become a good one should look forward to playing the champions, and we’re all looking forward to tomorrow night!
Finally, you must be feeling for Bradford Bulls at the moment and their current financial plight.
Yes, you don’t want to see something like this in our sport, do you?
A lot of people at the club have wives and kids to feed and mortgages to pay, which shows how much more than a game of rugby league is at stake if the Bulls go under. It’s far more serious than that.
I do genuinely feel for everyone at the club right now and I just hope something works out for them.