NATHAN BROWN says his Giants players must start to believe they can beat Super League’s big clubs if they are to become a major power themselves.
Huddersfield missed the chance to go top of the table when they slumped 34-6 to defending champions Leeds Rhinos in front of 11,593 at the Galpharm.
Brown’s charges have made a strong start to the season, winning seven out of 10 matches, but have struggled against the leading contenders, having lost 23-6 at home to St Helens.
Saturday’s setback against Leeds, in front of their highest home gate of the season so far, came despite the Giants having won their previous six league and Challenge Cup games and the visitors losing their last three.
Brown believes his players must change their mindset if they want to take the top scalps in the game.
“We do seem to have a problem with our attitude,” he said.
“How many times have Huddersfield beaten teams like St Helens or Leeds in the Super League era?
“Not many, and I think it’s a rabbit caught in the headlights thing.
“We need to do something about the confidence levels as not many of them thought they were good enough to beat Leeds.
“As a result, Leeds were too good for us on the night, and we can’t offer any excuses.
“I’m afraid we were only in it until kick-off. They scored almost straight away and we never really got going because of their good play.
“As well as the mental thing, we also need to work on a few other areas as we didn’t make the best of our offensive plays by coughing the ball up too often.
“But with nearly a third of the season gone, if you’d said we’d be level with Leeds on points, I’d have taken it. That’s at least something very positive we can say.”Related content
While Michael Lawrence scored the Giants’ sole try, full-back Brent Webb got two of Leeds’ five touchdowns.
Leeds coach Brian McLennan said: “Huddersfield will strangle a lot of teams this year, so to get so many points was pleasing.”