GIANTS wing David Hodgson was happy to get off the mark in the Super League campaign as he grabbed two tries in the 20-10 home win over Hull FC.
Hodgson, who closed last season on the 50 mark for the Giants, was quickly on the scoreboard as he cut inside for a solo try after four minutes and he added a second just five minutes later when he pounced on a perfectly-weighted kick to the corner from scrum half Danny Brough.
For the Humberside-born 29-year-old, who has scored in four of the Giants last five meetings with the Airlie Birds, he was glad to be scoring again.
“It was good to get a couple of tries as I hadn’t got off the mark this season,” said Hodgson.
“And as I am a Hull lad it is always nice to get them against your hometown club, but it was just a boost to get back to scoring again.”
The Giants had to be patient in securing the win in their first home game of the season and Hodgson was sure that the team from the KC Stadium, beaten in all their opening three games, would soon turn their form around.
“Hull have got a good team and you only have to look at their squad list to know they have good players at the club,” said Hodgson.
“Really it is only a matter of time before they settle down and start getting a few wins.”
But Hodgson added that the Giants squad were confident of battling to the wire after being worked hard in pre-season after the arrival of new Australian conditioner Paul Watson.
“We know that we are a fit side and we know that we have what it takes to stay in games,” explained Hodgson.
“We have done a lot of hard work in the pre-season with Watto and we are looking strong.
“The game against Hull was always going to be a tough one, and neither side was helped by the wet conditions, but we were sure that we could stay in the contest and we came away with the points in the end.”
Hodgson was also quick to praise scrum half Danny Brough, whose kicks paved the way for Hodgson’s second score and for the try that sealed the game when he put skipper Kevin Brown through for the Giants fourth try five minutes from time.
“Danny is just one of those great kickers,” said Hodgson.
“He has so many different kicks and angles up his sleeve that the defence really can never be sure of exactly where he is going to put the ball, so it is great for us to have him in our team.”
The Giants now look to test their early-season form against the pace-setters as they take on top-of-the-table Harlequins at the Stoop on Friday night (Sky TV).
“It should be a very good contest and we are already looking forward to it,” said Hodgson.
“Their coach (Rob Powell) has certainly got them playing well and it will be a tough game, but hopefully we can play well and come away with the two points.”