Honest Leroy Cudjoe has admitted the manner of the Huddersfield Giants’ last two defeats has hit the squad hard.

Second-bottom Huddersfield looked to have finally turned the Super League XXI corner with the Magic Weekend thrashing of St Helens on May 22.

But this was followed by the 24-20 defeat at Widnes, when they threw away a 16-0 lead, and Friday night’s 30-22 home loss to Castleford Tigers.

As a result, the Giants host Wakefield Trinity on Sunday with their hopes of securing a Super 8s finish hanging by a thread.

And that’s something Huddersfield-born Cudjoe is finding difficult to accept.

“These past two weeks have been really tough,” said Cudjoe, who picked up a slight knock that forced his early retirement against Castleford but hopes to be fit to face Wakefield at the weekend.

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“After the good win at Magic, we really felt we had a good chance to put a run together and get some more positive results on the board.

“So it’s really disappointing to follow the Saints win with two poor games.

“To lose when we were 16-0 up at Widnes and then put in a performance like we did against Cas on Friday night is just not good enough.

“By not playing again until Sunday, we’ve had a bit of time to dwell on what went wrong in the Castleford game, and make sure we put it right for Wakefield.

“The good thing is that we’ll stick together and be ready to do whatever it takes to make sure we come back out fighting.

“That’s the least we need to do after the events of the past two weeks.”