CAUTIOUS Giants coach Nathan Brown has warned his players to leave nothing to chance as they prepare to face Wakefield at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Sunday (3.30).
While Huddersfield have won four of their opening five League games to earn third place in the Super League XVII table, the Wildcats have made a stuttering start.
After an opening-day success at bottom club Widnes Vikings, Wakefield have suffered home defeats at the hands of Hull KR and Bradford Bulls before losing 14-10 at Hull FC on Sunday.
That battling display at the KC Stadium was a sign things are starting to fall into place for new coach Richard Agar and his much-changed Wildcats squad.
And with former Giants Danny Kirmond, Andy Raleigh and Kyle Wood ready to line up for the hosts, Brown knows Wakefield will be eager to come out firing.
“All three are contributing to Wakefield at the moment and doing good jobs,” said Brown.
“Obviously, I’m pleased to see it, because I’ve got so much respect for them.
“And I’ve no doubt they’ll be keen to put in big performances against us. Former players always want to do that.
“It’s something of which all our players are well aware, and they’re preparing accordingly.
“Although Wakefield have just the one win to their name so far, their performance at Hull on Sunday showed they’re getting better.
“After falling 14-0 behind, they battled back to 14-10 and had two sets at the death to win the game.
“That’s clearly no bad effort, because it’s never easy over there.
“Wakefield made 415 tackles that day, when the average is usually around the 320-330 mark, so to be able to stay in the game on the back of a statistic like that shows the commitment the players have got for each other.
“I just hope it means it’ll have sapped all their energy for Sunday!”
But Brown has still focused the majority of his attention on the way the Giants have been playing rather than the Wildcats.
“Although we were pleased with a lot of what we did against Saints, we’re still looking for better this weekend,” he added.
“We need to keep building to make sure we don’t lose any of our momentum.
“That means having to continue to put in a lot of hard work, which is something we’ve again been doing in training all week.
“And we’ve got to do everything we can to take that hard work onto the field this weekend.”
Meanwhile, the weekend action at Wakefield gets under way tomorrow when the Wildcats host the Giants in an Under 20s Valvoline Cup clash (2.30).
Giants Under 20s: F Walker, Mayall, Shoel, Farrell, Nicholson, Whitehead, Owen, Johnson, Kiss, Thackery, J Walker, Sarsfield, Fox, Peltier, Cullymore, Aspinall, Carvell, Blagbrough.