PAUL ANDERSON doesn’t think the fact his players face two Super League XVIII games in the space of five days is an issue for his players.
After facing St Helens at home tonight, Huddersfield Giants head to Hull KR on Friday.
That’s a relatively quick turnaround for Paul Anderson's men.
But the Giants chief is comfortable with the scheduling and expects his players to feel the same, particularly with a blank weekend the following week because of the England v Exiles Test at Warrington on Friday, June 14.
“Even though we know we play tonight and then again on Friday, we also know that’s it until we’re at home to Leeds on June 23,” said Anderson.
“That means we'll still be playing three games in three weeks, so the fixture scheduling isn’t really an issue for us at all.
“If it had, we’d have voiced our concerns last December when the fixtures were released.
“But we’ve known all season it’s Saints at home tonight and then time to hop on a bus to travel to Hull on Friday, so we’ve had more than enough time to plan for it.
“And I don’t expect it to be a problem for the players at all.
“They know that after Friday, we’re planning to enjoy ourselves on the Saturday and then put in a few good days’ training on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
“They’ll then have five days off before we start preparing for the Leeds game.
“Because of this, there’s no excuse for anyone to give anything less than 100% against St Helens and then 100% against Hull KR.
“That's what I’m expecting to see.”
One man who won’t be turning out for Hull KR on Friday night is on-loan Giants winger Luke George.
He’s now returned to the John Smith’s Stadium to focus on a knee injury suffered during his side’s controversial Magic Weekend defeat against Hull FC.