CAUTIOUS Giants coach Jon Sharp is warning his players not to `fall in love with themselves' after thrashing Castleford 36-0 in the pre-season Super League clash at the McAlpine Stadium last night.
Huddersfield destroyed their rivals six tries to nil in a totally one-sided contest to underline the good work being done by Sharp and his coaching team.
But while he admitted his delight at the way his squad performed in their first major hit-out of the year, Sharp made it clear he is determined his players keep their feet firmly on the ground.
"It would be wrong to say I wasn't very pleased with this first hit-out," he said.
"But it's also clear there's a long way to go before the start of the season and a lot of improvement needs to be made.
"Last night was a good start, but we've still got a lot of hard work in front of us. I know that and the players know that.
"The last thing we need right now is for us to fall in love with ourselves over the result against Castleford.
"I have no real interest in the scoreline, I was more interested in the way we came together as a team, and that was promising.
"I felt pre-season training was coming together well, but we needed to put ourselves to the test on the field, which is something we have now done.
"All I can say is that the signs are encouraging, but we know Super League will be a completely different kettle of fish."
Sharp was particularly pleased with the way his five new signings fitted into the set-up.
Stuart Donlan, Stuart Jones, Chris Nero and Sean Penkywicz all fitted comfortably into the starting line-up, while Paul Smith made a positive impression from the bench.
"I was delighted with them," he added.
"They all looked very comfortable slotting into our systems of play, which is a credit to the way they have worked throughout pre-season.
"They've now seen the rewards of working hard, and hopefully they will carry that on in the weeks ahead before we face Castleford again in Super League on February 22."