THIS week we’ve copped for a real flogging on the training field – and deservedly so!
After beating Bradford Bulls at the Galpharm Stadium 12 days ago, we travelled to Leeds last Friday, confident of giving a really good account of ourselves.
But, unfortunately, what we then served up at Headingley was simply unacceptable.
OK, facing the reigning Super League champions on their own patch was never going to be easy, especially when they were able to field a full-strength starting 13, but we can’t use that as an excuse for the way we played.
We looked lethargic on defence and blunt in attack, and the outcome I’m afraid was inevitable.
Time and time again we seemed to be handing over possession, which sapped our energy and made the task for Leeds so much easier.
So the key this week has obviously been to make sure there’s no repeat at home to Warrington Wolves tomorrow.
That’s meant a tremendous amount of hard work has been done on the training field, hence the floggings.
The sessions at the start of the week were particularly demanding and, take it from me, there were some pretty achy limbs knocking around the place on Tuesday, in particular.
But our coaching staff obviously felt that was what was required, and who are we to argue.
After all, we couldn’t really say anything after the performance we had produced at Leeds a couple of days before!
So, let’s just hope it’s paid off and we can once again return to winning ways this weekend.
It’s going to be a tough ask against a Warrington side who have been doing superbly under the coaching command of James Lowes.
They’re in a rich vein of form, and come here on the back of a victory over Bradford sevens days ago.
After falling behind early on, they turned on the style to secure a thrilling win, with my old mate Martin Gleeson leading the fightback.
Personally, I’m amazed to see the Great Britain centre score a length-of-the-field try.
When we were teammates at Huddersfield, he used to look like he was running through treacle, because he wasn’t exactly the fastest player in the world!
But the way he broke clear and stepped so neatly around Bulls full-back Michael Platt showed he’s back at the top of his game, and will be one of many Warrington stars who we’re going to have to watch closely.
They’ve got a fantastic array of attacking armoury, and if we can keep them at bay then we know we’ve got every chance of winning.
And it’s something we know we can do.
The Wolves may have beaten us last time out, but that was their highly controversial victory at the Millennium Stadium in May, when the cruellest of calls against us gave them the chance to get back into the game.
Had the right call been made, we’re convinced there would have been no way back for them.
But what also gives us confidence this weekend is that we’re back at the Galpharm Stadium.
Although it’s been one tale of woe after another on our travels, our home form this year has generally been very good.
In fact, we go into tomorrow’s clash looking for a fourth Galpharm triumph on the trot.
When I first arrived back at the Giants four years ago, it was a goal of ours to make the Galpharm something of a fortress, a venue where opponents hated to visited.
By and large, I think we’ve achieved that, and we definitely want to make it as uncomfortable as we possibly can against Warrington tomorrow, especially as we’re playing in front of the Sky TV cameras.
Their presence at games always makes the occasion a bit more special, and a good Giants performance would help us prove to a wider audience that we’re not as bad a side as the Super League table may show right now.
This is our chance for everyone to see the true Huddersfield Giants and, hopefully for the fans to celebrate in their claret and gold!