HUDDERSFIELD Giants kept the pressure on Super League pacesetters St Helens and Leeds with a 30-10 home triumph against Celtic Crusaders last night.
But head coach Nathan Brown admitted his side’s display was well below the standard expected and they must improve dramatically for the Easter Monday trip to in-form Hull KR (2.00).
Last night’s victory made it six from eight starts for Brown’s men and took them level on points with second-placed Leeds, who suffered a shock 10-6 defeat at Bradford Bulls.
However, Brown is desperate to see his side return to top form as quickly as possible to ensure the Giants remain in the leading pack.
“This was obviously not one of our better performances,” admitted Brown, who rested Keith Mason, Stephen Wild and Shaun Lunt in readiness for Monday’s trip to the east coast.
“But I suppose it’s a pretty good sign that we won despite the fact we didn’t go too great.
“And it’ll be another good sign if we can then front-up successfully at Hull KR on Monday.
“That’s going to be another tough game against some quality opposition, who we know will provide us with a big challenge, which is exactly what the Crusaders gave us last night.
“Although we weren’t at our best we have to give credit to the way they played. They battled all game and didn’t make it easy for us at all.
“So, in that respect, I’m pleased with the win.”