ROD JENSEN needs one thing to make him 100% happy about his move to the Giants – a win!
The 28-year-old Australian’s performance was one of the few positives to come out of last Sunday’s home Super League defeat to Warrington Wolves.
But while he was encouraged by his display and the way he is settling in to his new side, he is still waiting to tastes victory in the British game for the first time.
And he hopes that wait will soon come to an end.
“It’s now a month since I first got here and I have to admit it’s been a real baptism of fire,’’ said Jensen, left.
“I was thrown in at the deep end at Bradford in the Cup and have then had to face Leeds, St Helens and Warrington.
“In other words, some of the best teams in the competition, and it’s been tough.
“But I also believe that being thrown in at the deep end can be the best way to learn.
“It’s given me an instant taste of what Super League is like and how I need to adjust my game to cope with the demands of it. It is different to the style of play in the Australian NRL.
“But I’m feeling a lot more comfortable about it now. I’ve got used to the systems and the calls and have developed more of an understanding with my teammates.
“I would like to think that showed through against Warrington. I’ve always felt very comfortable on the wing and I felt I was able to make a useful contribution.
“However, I’m obviously not going to be 100% happy until we start winning. I’ve yet to taste victory in England, and I don’t like saying that.
“But from what I can tell we’re not that far off. I’m sure the tide will soon turn.’’
Jensen knew after the heavy Cup defeat at Bradford that the challenges would not get much harder.
And he’s sure that result has been a factor in the way the games have gone since.
“I could tell after they were knocked out of the Cup that the defeat hit the boys really hard,’’ he added.
“Speaking with the boys since then, I know how much they loved getting to the Challenge Cup final last year, and they were desperate to go back this time.
“The fact they didn’t took its toll on them mentally, and it’s taken them a while to get over it.
“I think they’ve got that out of their system now and know how important it is to make sure we don’t miss out on the play-offs.
“Hopefully, we can get back on track this weekend at Wakefield. That’s obviously what we’re working towards.’’