Eorl Crabtree is hoping another week off will work to his advantage at Warrington Wolves next Thursday.
The Giants are about to face a second blank weekend in the last three as Castleford and Leeds prepare to take centre stage in tomorrow’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley.
Huddersfield had a break a fortnight ago because of the Cup semi-finals but returned to action five days ago with the stuttering 28-14 home Super League win over Widnes, which guaranteed them a top-six finish.
But even though the Giants looked a little rusty against the Vikings, vastly-experienced prop Crabtree felt he benefited from having the previous week off.
And he hopes it’s a similar story when they resume hostilities at the Halliwell Jones Stadium in six days’ time.
“I don’t know about anyone else, but I think having the other weekend off did me a power of good,” said Crabtree.
“It meant I felt really fit and strong against Widnes, and that’s why I thought I put in one of my better performances that day.
“I know it wasn’t the perfect performance, but if I play like that for the rest of the season, I’ll be more than happy.
“I’m definitely hoping having this weekend off will be as kind to me as the last, and I think it’ll benefit the rest of the lads, too.
“At this stage of the season when we get close to the play-offs (there’s just three games of the regular season remaining), rest can be as important as anything. It can freshen you up, both physically and mentally.”