IN-FORM winger Jermaine McGillvary has already put the defeat at Warrington Wolves behind him and is fully focused on helping the Giants get back to winning ways at Bradford Bulls tomorrow (3.00).
The England Knights ace has admitted the events at the Halliwell Jones Stadium eight days ago when Huddersfield were beaten 28-16 in the Super League XVI top-of-the-table clash hit his side hard.
But the 23-year-old Huddersfield-born back has made it clear the Giants haven’t dwelled too long on what went wrong and they remain as confident as ever that the tide will start to turn and Huddersfield will finish their season on a high.
“The last few weeks have been pretty tough. We obviously didn’t plan to go to Wigan and Warrington and lose,” said McGillvary, who is returning to Odsal tomorrow for the first time since making a tryscoring Super League debut against the Bulls last season.
“But these two are, of course, the top two in Super League at the moment and have been playing some great stuff, so there’s no real shame in losing to them.
“And I think we’ve learned a lot from analysing the games on video. It’s shown exactly where we’ve gone wrong and we’re now taking the necessary steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again.
“We’ve certainly not been dwelling on the defeats and beating ourselves up over it.
“As a group, we do still remain confident we can finish the season strongly, because we’ve got the ability, and we want to show that to everyone at Bradford tomorrow.
“Even though they’ve not been playing too badly, we know that if we play to our potential we’ll get the victory we want, although you can never take a win for granted in a competition as tough as this.
“We’ve lost at Crusaders and Wakefield, who are both struggling at the bottom of the table, so we’re fully aware of what happens if you let you standards slip. We don’t want that to be the case with us again this season.”
McGillvary was clearly one of his side’s top performers in last week’s defeat at Warrington when a number of uncharacteristic errors allowed the Wolves to open up a 22-0 lead after 20 minutes.
As well as scoring an early second-half try, the Giants flier also pulled off several trysaving tackles, including one early effort on Louis Anderson which forced the powerful back-row forward to spill the ball on the line.
“That was one of the most pleasing parts of the game for me,” reflected McGillvary.
“A year ago, I probably wouldn’t have been able to stop him scoring, so I was obviously delighted about that.
“It was a clear sign of the way my defence has been improving. I know I can catch a ball and run with the ball, but I’ve had to spend a lot of time working on my defence and my concentration.
“I now feel my edge defence is a lot better than it has been, and that was definitely a plus for me last week and gives me even more to build on.
“Yes, I took a couple of heavy knocks during the game, but that’s just part and parcel of the game and Browny wouldn’t let me use that as an excuse for missing tackles.
“You certainly won’t get any praise off him for picking yourself up off the ground and getting straight back into the action and doing a good job, because that’s what he expects from you