THERE are times when you just have to concentrate on the matter in hand.
For Huddersfield Giants that means adopting tunnel vision and getting on with the job of ensuring that their fans get to enjoy their day in the sun – assuming we are not a nation loaded into an ark by then – at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, August 25.
Their first visit to the City of Salford Stadium on Sunday will see the Giants a mere 80 minutes away from a return to the London venue they last graced with their presence in the Challenge Cup final in 2009.
Standing in their way are Warrington Wolves, the side who made it a miserable return home to West Yorkshire from Wembley last time for the Giants fans.
That is a score that the Giants have a chance to settle on Sunday.
However, the problem for the loyal band of travelling Giants fans is that they are still trying to expunge from their minds the desperate defeat at Castleford.
But if there is a crumb of comfort it can be taken from last Sunday’s conquering heroes.
In the press room after the game a member of the Tigers coaching staff wandered through and observed ‘funny old game isn’t it?’ with a mile-wide smile on his face.
His reference was to the Tigers’ previous outing when they had been drubbed 40-10 at struggling Widnes, and all reports suggested Castleford’s performance at the Stobart Stadium had been as forlorn as the Giants’ was at Wheldon Road.
And the attitude of the Cas camp seemed to have been that you can’t change what has gone so get on with winning the next game.
So perhaps all the Giants need to do is take a leaf out of the Tigers’ book and they could be the ones strolling round Salford on Sunday with mile-wide smiles gleefully proclaiming that rugby league is indeed ‘a funny old game!’