Huddersfield Giants could find the cancellation of their pre-season trip to Bradford Bulls ultimately beneficial.
That’s the view of head coach Paul Anderson as his side gears up for what could potentially be his club’s only pre-season clash at Halifax on Sunday (3.00).
There’s still a chance a last-minute first-team warm-up game could be arranged for the middle of next week, while there could be the option of playing several senior players in a predominantly Under 19s trial match against Wakefield at Sandal RUFC next Friday (1.30).
Those late options have become more appealing in the wake of last week’s trip to Odsal having been cancelled due to the latest wintry blast.
But while Anderson has expressed some disappointment that his players didn’t have a competitive work-out against the Bulls, the Giants chief feels this week’s new training plan to counter the call-off could end up working in his side’s favour.
“I said straight after the Bradford game was cancelled that it was disappointing but hardly the end of the world,” said Anderson.
“It’s always good to play, and I know how much everyone is looking forward to finally getting out there at Halifax on Sunday. After no game last week, we certainly don’t want a repeat this weekend.
“But I couldn’t be much happier with the changes we made to training this week as a result of not playing at Bradford.
“The Monday session, in particular, was excellent, and set the tone for the rest of the week.
“We started by playing a full-contact, full-sided game and, at the end of it, the boys said how they felt as if they’d played a proper fixture. That showed it was the right thing to do.
“On top of that, we had Ben Thaler refereeing and he guided us through what the officials are looking out for, while (match officials coach) Ian Smith had his thoughts on what Ben was doing.
“After the game, we went back to the Giants Training Centre and reviewed what had gone on with both Ben and Ian. We ran through some clips and they talked a bit more about the things the referees will be looking at next season. We’re really grateful for their time and their help.
“It really was a good day all round and we’ve been looking to build on that all week.
“The aim now is to have a few more quality training sessions before heading to Halifax.”