IN-FORM David Faiumu is desperate to maintain his rich vein of form and help the Giants get straight back on Super League track at Warrington Wolves tomorrow (3.00).
Huddersfield remain third in the League ladder, despite a bitterly disappointing 34-6 home defeat to champions Leeds seven days ago.
It’s a defeat that has hit the Giants hard, and 25-year-old former New Zealand Test hooker Faiumu is determined to see his side hit back as strongly as possible.
“The Leeds game was very disappointing,” admitted Faiumu.
“You can’t afford to have seven or eight guys off their game if you want to win in Super League, and with that being the case against a quality side like Leeds we were asking for trouble.
“But I think the nature of that defeat has made us even more determined than ever to respond positively at Warrington tomorrow.
“We know exactly where we went wrong last Saturday – we just didn’t stick to what Browny’s game plan was – and we want to prove to everyone that we have the quality and character to bounce straight back.
“As a playing group, we’re desperate to do well.”
With the form Faiumu has been showing, he is aiming to provide a matchwinning spark.
The former Australian NRL ace has been making a massive impact off the bench in recent games where he has been alternating between hooker and back-row, and he was man-of-the-match in the 30-8 Easter Monday win at Hull KR.
And it’s form he’s determined to maintain
“I’m pleased with this role and really enjoying it,” he added.
“It’s helped make up for the slow start I made to the season when I had to return to New Zealand (on compassionate grounds) and missed the opening rounds, and then picked up a groin injury.
“But since I’ve got back into the side, it’s been great.
“Before I come onto the field, I don’t know whether it will be at hooker or in the back-row, it’s up to the way Browny sees the way the game is going at the time.
“I’m happy doing what he says, because he’s a quality coach and usually reads it spot-on.
“And, on top of that, I know I need to play well to keep hold of my spot.
“There’s a lot of quality in this side and you know that one poor performance could prove very costly, not just for the team but for you.
“So, everyone tomorrow is aiming to play well and make sure that as a team we get back to the form we were showing in the weeks leading up to the Leeds game.”
Super League leaders St Helens suffered only their second defeat of the season as they were beaten at home 34-30 by struggling Bradford Bulls.
And the top of the table teams had a bad night of it as second placed Leeds Rhinos were stunned at Headingley as Harlequins won 21-4.