MAGIC Weekend fan Paul Anderson has revealed the Giants have witnessed a ‘video nasty’ in order to make sure they’re in the best possible shape to face Celtic Crusaders at Murrayfield on Sunday (12.30).
Huddersfield are desperate to bounce back against the Super League strugglers after disappointing defeats – and performances – in their last two games.
One of those was the 40-18 defeat against resurgent Warrington Wolves on Sunday.
And Galpharm assistant coach Anderson has admitted the players have been made to suffer in the wake of that Halliwell Jones Stadium ‘no-show’.
“The performance last weekend wasn’t acceptable,” he said. “The players have been told that.
“But, to be fair, they probably didn’t need telling, because they already knew.
“So we’re obviously looking to see a response on Sunday.
“On Monday, they got shown some clips from the Warrington game that probably made them feel pretty uncomfortable.
“Unfortunately, that’s the harsh reality of the world, you don’t always see the pretty things you do.
“Hopefully, what they saw will have the desired effect.
“But there’s no doubt that the way they reacted in training was positive.
“On Wednesday we had a very physical day, and there was a fair bit of contact, which is one thing that we’ve been lacking recently.”
The Giants’ clash against the Crusaders is the opening Magic Weekend game on the Sunday.
Anderson was involved with the Giants on the coaching front for the first two weekends at Cardiff.
And he is looking forward to seeing how the event goes in the Scottish capital.
“I think the Magic Weekend is great,” he added.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the two weekends in Cardiff, although the fact we lost to Warrington Wolves last year obviously took all the gloss off it!
“I believe it’s a credit to the Rugby League for putting theses showcase events on, and if the Edinburgh event proves as successful as the ones in Cardiff, it’ll be fantastic.
“But, ultimately, how much you enjoy it obviously depends on how your team goes in their game – and for us that means beating the Crusaders.
It’s generally acknowledged that they’re not that far off their first win now, so we have to make sure that’s not against us.
“They’ve got some people back now from injury, like their captain Jace van Dijk and the very dangerous Tony Duggan, who we expect to play.
“They have a hard-working group of players and if they keep doing that there’s no doubt they’ll eventually come away with a win.
“Our challenge now is to raise ourselves from the last two weeks and try and counter-act what they are going to do and let them try to stop what we are going to do.”