JON SHARP is hoping that having an extra day's preparation on weekend opponents Harlequins will help bring an upturn in fortunes.
The Giants travel to the capital on Saturday (6.05) aiming to end a run of four straight Super League defeats.
Their latest reverse was against Wigan last Saturday, when they were crushed 46-14 after producing a thoroughly lacklustre performance.
That display came just four days after losing 52-18 at Bradford Bulls.
Sharp is hoping that having a full week to recover, and having an extra 24 hours on Harlequins, who lost 42-22 at Wakefield on Sunday, will make all the difference.
"The fixtures were very unkind for us over Easter, there's no doubt about it," said Sharp.
"Bradford had an extra day to prepare for their game with us on Easter Tuesday, and it was the same when we played Wigan on Saturday.
"That really does make a huge difference in a sport that's as physically demanding as rugby league.
"As a result, we all saw how jaded we were against Wigan, and that had a massive bearing on the contest.
"But this weekend it's a different matter. We've now got the `luxury' of having a full week to prepare and for the players to get over their bumps and bruises.
"This time we've got an extra day on our opponents and we just hope we can make the most of it."
One of the few positives Sharp could take from his side's weekend Wigan woes was that no new injuries were picked up.
In fact, the heavy schedule appears to have benefited Stephen Wild!
"Stephen initially looked in a bad way when he took a new knock to his injured knee at Bradford," explained Sharp.
"We thought he would need the specialist to check it out.
"But, remarkably, it now looks as if the bang has somehow cured the problem and he should be fine."