TOMORROW night the Giants test themselves against the Super League leaders – are you surprised that means a fixture against Harlequins in London?
It is going to be a great challenge.
I had a look at Leeds and Harlequins the other night and there is no doubt that Quins won the game on merit – and are on top of the league on merit.
They really are playing some great footy and their coach Rob (Powell) is doing a great job.
The players Quins have brought in have improved their squad and I believe that they will continue to improve as a team as the season goes on.
You have to remember that last season Quins had a whole heap of injuries that stopped them progressing, but now they have got all their people playing and they have obviously had a very productive pre-season under Rob.
They are going to be good this season and you definitely don’t lead the competition after three games unless you are doing well.
After the showing at Castleford it was necessary to start the home campaign with a win, but Hull FC made the team graft for the two points at the Galpharm.
We expected a tough game and we had to work hard for the points.
Hull have got some very talented players and I thought that they worked very hard for each other – and made us work for our victory.
But I felt that we played with better discipline and control than we had done in the previous two weeks and that was really good as that was something that we had worked hard on in training.
Our defence was generally pretty good and our attack as a whole is okay, though the ball is not quite getting to the right areas sometimes.
So when we look at the attack there is still some work to do, but if we can keep our control and discipline as we did at the weekend then we should be able to grind out some wins until we find our fluency.
There were some very strong individual performances in the Giants ranks with Danny Brough influential with his kicks and Eorl Crabtree firing up the pack – and there was a debut appearance for young Kyle Wood.
Danny’s kicking game was outstanding and that was one of the reasons that I brought him to the club.
There are other parts of his game that we are still working to develop, but they way he is progressing is very pleasing.
By the middle of the season I am expecting that everyone will be looking at a very different player when they are watching Danny. He is already doing a great job for us, but as the year goes on he will develop and we are sure he will keep on improving to become a very influential player.
However, I thought Eorl was our best player against Hull and I also thought Lee Gilmour had a big game.
Some of our scramble defence was terrific when it was needed and, while he is getting a bit long in the tooth, Gilly was great and his experience is invaluable to us.
And it was good to see Kyle Wood make his debut because we are very confident that he can help us win games whether he is playing at dummy half or in the half backs.
He deserved to get his chance because he has worked hard to get his opportunity.
The impressive crowd of 8,822 at the Galpharm Stadium observed a minutes silence for Giants supporter Trevor Storer on Sunday, and you must have been pleased to mark the occasion with the win.
Trevor was a good man and was a dear friend of mine and my family, so it was great to get the win over Hull and be able to dedicate that victory to him.