AFTER winning at Wakefield on Sunday, the Giants obviously went to the top of the Super League XVII table. Do you feel you’re getting the credit you deserve?
I don’t really know, to be honest.
But I’m sure there are probably a lot of people out there saying we’re only top part-time, and that as the year goes on we’ll fall away.
At the end of the day, however, we shouldn’t really be worrying about what people are saying about us.
The key from our point of view is that we’ve just got to look to keep on improving.
If we do that and continue to play well, then we know we’ll get enough results to put us in a good spot.
Like every other side in the competition, we do need a bit of luck with injuries – it’s crucial we keep our key players on the field all year – and if we manage to do that we know we’ll remain competitive from start to finish.
For that reason, we’re not worrying at all about where we are on the table.
To be top at this stage is a reward for all the hard work the guys are putting in and for playing some decent footy. That’s already brought us wins against some of the top sides.
But there’s clearly a long way to go this season and a lot of games to be played before we should be focusing on exactly where we’re sitting on that table.
Did the Wakefield win prove to you there are still a number of areas that need to be improved?
It was good to get the result we wanted, but certain aspects of our game were clearly disappointing, and that’s something we need to work on.
The biggest disappointment was that we should have finished the game off early in the second half, and we didn’t.
During that period our discipline was disgraceful, whether that was through the referee penalising us, not finding touch with a kick or running into touch on play one.
Doing that just invited Wakefield back into the contest, and they gladly accepted the challenge.
As a result, we ended up making 100 more tackles than them, so for us to score as many points as we did (32) and to restrict them to 14 was a pretty good effort in the end.
But it was obviously far from perfect.
You mentioned the side’s discipline. Were you frustrated by the number of penalties referee James Child was awarding for high tackles?
No, not really.
James is a referee who likes to blow for the penalties, while others don’t.
Obviously, I’d have liked to have seen less penalties awarded, because that allows the game to flow.
But, at the end of the day, he penalised both sides consistently, and when the referee’s doing that you can’t complain too much.
How good was Kevin Brown’s contribution against Wakefield the day, and how well do you feel he’s adjusting to his new loose-forward role?