Ryan Hinchcliffe knows it’s time for the Huddersfield Giants to stand and deliver.
The Huddersfield skipper admits he’s fed-up of being told he’s part of a squad that’s too good to be battling for Super League survival.
And he believes it’s about time his club’s actions speak louder than words – starting with tomorrow’s home Middle 8s clash against Championship club Featherstone Rovers (3.00).
“Everybody keeps telling us we’re too good to go down,” said the former Melbourne Storm forward.
“But the harsh reality is that if we don’t start getting our act together we’ll find ourselves in some very hot water. That’s the truth and honesty of it.
“It’s time to stop saying we’ve got the quality and ability within the squad to get ourselves out of trouble and go out onto the field and prove it – and very soon.
“We were obviously very poor at Salford last weekend and never really gave ourselves a chance (the Giants were beaten 34-12 in a bitterly-disappointed Middle 8s opener). We definitely need to improve dramatically to make sure we don’t end up fighting for our Super League survival at the back end of the season.
“What we have to do is stay positive – because we can’t afford to spend our time licking our wounds – and make sure we come up with the perfect response against Featherstone this weekend.
“If we keep our concentration for the full 80 minutes and do the basics well with aggression and urgency then we’ll put ourselves in a very strong position to beat anyone.”