SCOTT GRIX is hoping the Giants aren’t forced to produce any defensive heroics again for a very long time.
Huddersfield earned widespread praise for the way they kept out Wigan Warriors six days ago to record a memorable 22-10 John Smith’s Stadium triumph.
That defensive effort helped make it three wins out of three as the Giants moved a point clear at the top of the fledgling Super League XVIII table.
But although in-form full-back Grix admitted the players enjoyed putting in their Herculean tackling stint in the final 10 minutes to keep the Warriors at bay, they are desperate to avoid a repeat – starting at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Sunday (3.30).
“We’ve taken a lot of confidence from the way we defended, and we’ve enjoyed the praise we’ve received,” said Grix.
“And, to be honest, we did enjoy those final 10 minutes when Wigan threw everything at us and we hardly touched the ball. We were celebrating the trysavers just like we celebrated tries.
“But there was a reason why we were forced to do so much defending, and that’s something we’ve obviously been looking to fix up.
“When you concede so much possession it’s because you’ve not been good enough with ball in hand and your attack has been pretty poor, which was the case against Wigan.
“That was something that disappointed Baloo (head coach Paul Anderson) – and the players ourselves, for that matter – and no-one wants a repeat of that again.
“So it’s up to us to make sure we work hard and we get it right next time and, in the short term, that means against Wakefield on Sunday.
“They showed in their home win against Hull KR two weeks ago and then in their win at London Broncos last Sunday (28-0) that they’re pretty sharp.
“As a result, we know we have to right the wrongs against Wigan to give ourselves the best possible chance of winning again.”
Former Wakefield man Grix was one of his side’s top performers in last week’s win against the Warriors.
His display came on the back of two equally impressive shows in the opening-night win at St Helens and the comfortable home success over London Broncos.
And he feels it’s no coincidence that’s been achieved back in his favoured full-back berth, after spending most of his time last season as a half-back.
“Although I am happy playing anywhere, I do prefer playing full-back, and I’m really enjoying it,” he added.
“In fact, I feel like I’m carrying on from where I left off two years ago when I thought I was doing a good job at full-back and felt really settled.
“But then I obviously had that change of position last season, so now I’m back at full-back I feel like I’m having a fresh start.
“Having said that, I’m only reasonably happy with the way I’m playing. I know there’ll always be room for improvement, and that’s what I’m working towards.
“To be honest, that’s the way everyone in the squad is feeling at the moment.
“Yes, we’ve made a good, solid start, but we know we can get an awful lot better. We’re excited about that.”