JAMAHL LOLESI believes the experience of last season will stand the Giants in good stead.
Huddersfield have opened Super League XIII with a 30-10 home defeat to champions Leeds and a 38-12 reverse at Bradford.
That disappointing start – albeit against two of the competition’s top teams – has brought back memories of last season when the Giants opened with seven straight defeats.
But Lolesi is convinced it won’t be long before the tide begins to turn, starting this Sunday with the home clash with promoted Castleford Tigers (3.00).
“We’d obviously hoped for a better start than this,” said the 26-year-old former New Zealand Test star.
“But we’ve been here before, and that’s crucial.
“The key when we made that poor start last year was not to let it affect us.
“We stayed strong and showed a lot of character, and that’s what we’re doing now.
“We proved last year we are strong enough to deal with the disappointments, and we’ll prove it again this time.
“It’s pretty obvious we’re not clicking together yet, but it’ll come.
“It certainly hasn’t helped that we’ve played two of the top teams in the opening two weeks.
“Leeds were fantastic against us, and I thought Bradford were excellent. I’m convinced some teams would have copped 40 or 50 points against them on their form on Saturday night.
“But that’s gone now, there’s nothing we can do about that.
“No-one likes losing, and we’re all looking forward to getting back out onto the field next Sunday.”
Lolesi was the Giants’ only injury concern from the trip to Odsal with an elbow injury.
But he is fully confident of facing the Tigers.
“The elbow was pretty sore, but I’ll be fine by the weekend,” he added.