Huddersfield Giants must start to play with more intent.

That’s the view of experienced team leader Ryan Hinchcliffe as his side looks to return to winning Super League XXI ways in Sunday’s home clash against Wakefield Trinity.

The Giants’ hopes of securing a place in the Super 8s are now hanging by a thread after successive demoralising defeats away to Widnes and at home to Castleford.

A John Smith’s Stadium defeat against Wakefield this weekend could leave the Giants eight points off the top eight with just five games of the regular League campaign remaining.

But former Melbourne Storm star Hinchcliffe is focusing on an improvement in form rather than the potential consequences of a 14th 2016 top-flight reverse.

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“We just didn’t play with the same intent as Castleford, and that hurt us,” said Hinchcliffe, who is also urging his side to make a strong start against their derby rivals this weekend.

“Our attack was all over the place last Friday. We didn’t have much cohesion, and that’s something we’re going to have to be better at this week.

“We did fight back a little bit in the second half, but the first half just lacked intent, and that was really disappointing.

“We’ve obviously got to make sure there’s no repeat on Sunday.

“To be honest, this has been a bit of an issue this year, and that’s been one of the key reasons why we’ve lost seven or eight games by slim margins this year.

“But if you play with intent, have belief in your structures and stick to it when things haven’t been going so well, then you’ll always give yourself a chance.

“We’ve got to keep pushing and working hard, because we all saw against St Helens at Magic the other weekend how good we can be if everything comes together.”

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