No-nosense Paul Anderson is hoping the Huddersfield Giants’ punishing pre-season regime will help give his side the psychological edge in the big Super League games.
The Huddersfield head coach is the first to admit his club struggles to deliver when the stakes are at their highest.
But he’s hoping that by imposing a mentally tougher pre-season on his players, which included an excruciating hill-running session early on Saturday morning and came two weeks after the challenging three-day Army Camp in North Yorkshire, they’ll be able to find a more positive response when the pressure is on.
“One of our problems in bigger games is that we’re ‘soft’ mentally,” said Anderson. “That’s something you obviously can’t afford to be if you want to be successful at the very highest level.
“It’s something this group needs to address, and that’s the process we’re going through.
“We are, of course, making sure the work they’re doing is still physically challenging, but there is a lot of focus on challenging the players mentally.
“We know that if the players can handle things far better when they’re put under pressure, then our chances of succeeding in the bigger games when the going is at its toughest will be greatly improved.”