HULL KR coach Justin Morgan believes the spirit shown by his side to hang on for a thrilling 18-14 victory at rivals Hull FC on Good Friday could hold the key to their Super League success.
Rovers will now be aiming to back up that success with victory at home to the Giants this afternoon (2.00).
Huddersfield are obviously looking to make it nine away wins on the trot at Craven Park and a tight and tough contest is being widely predicted.
But with the way his side battled to hang on at the KC Stadium as Hull mounted a late rally after being 18-4 down midway through the second half, Morgan will be looking for the same again against Nathan Brown’s Giants.
"What a great game of rugby league," assessed Morgan. "Not technically classical but both teams had a massive crack out there today.
"Our execution was poor, we dropped more ball than I have seen us drop all year but I thought we showed something that you don’t learn on the training pitch or in video sessions and that’s spirit and determination, and I thought we were excellent in that regard.
"We’ve worked really hard on that, it’s a cornerstone to any success.
"If we are to achieve what we want to achieve this year, then we have to keep showing those qualities throughout the year.
"And that starts at home to Huddersfield.
"But there were times I was disappointed, some of our principles and philosophies went out the window, but we scrambled really well and they had plenty of good field position in the second half but couldn’t convert."
Morgan was also keen to praise the efforts of loose-forward Scott Murrell, who deputised for the rested Ben Fisher at hooker.
"He was excellent, really good," said Morgan.
"He gives us great stiffness defensively in the middle and does things like apply kick pressure. I thought he served his purpose very well."
It is still expected, however, that Fisher will return to action for the clash against the Giants.
Not surprisingly, the tough physical nature of a typical Hull derby meant several players picked up knocks, which means there are likely to be a couple of changes for the Huddersfield game.
Meanwhile, Hull coach Richard Agar is adamant his side will soon be back in form after slumping to a fourth straight defeat despite their late comeback.
Their form is in stark contrast to the way they started the season – winning their first five games, including a game at the Giants – and they now find themselves behind Hull KR in the table and out of the Challenge Cup after last weekend’s defeat by Salford.
"When you look at games (we have lost), we have scored more tries (than the opposition), scored equal tries and missed a few kicks," he said.
"I don’t think there is much in it, it’s a fine line that some weeks there are one or two plays that you can ride out and the momentum goes for you and another week you get stung.
"It was a tough contest, I don’t think either side asked for any quarter or gave any quarter.
"We had a lot of tired blokes out there and to dig themselves out of an 18-4 deficit to almost snatch the game was a tremendous effort. I’m sure we’ll soon be getting the wins again."