SHAUN LUNT believes his first Giants’ start couldn’t have gone much better.
The 21-year-old hooker has made a positive start to his Super League career following his close-season switch from National League club Workington Town.
But up until yesterday all five of his Giants appearances have been from the bench.
That all changed at Craven Park when he got the chance to step up for the rested Scott Moore.
And he couldn’t have been more delighted with the way it went – not just for him but for the team.
“Having come off the bench a few times, I was keen to see how I would do from the start at this level,” he said.
“I wanted the opportunity to play big minutes and see how I went
“Personally, I thought I did okay, and I felt fit and fresh at the end, despite playing for over 70 minutes.
“But I suppose it always helps if you come off at the end when you’ve won!
“And I also got the added lift of scoring a try, and at a pretty crucial stage of the game.
“It seemed that when I scored (after 52 minutes to make it 16-8) it gave us that final push towards the win.
“We also felt it might be crucial, because if Rovers had scored the opening try in the second half it may have helped them push on and fight their way back.
“Fortunately, that wasn’t to be, and we were able to chalk up another great win.
“I don’t think there will be that many teams who’ll come to Hull KR this season and win, so this was a fantastic effort from everyone.
“I just hope we can maintain this form at home to Leeds on Saturday.”
Whether Lunt holds on to his spot for the visit of the Rhinos remains to be seen.
But he knows he can’t afford to take a spot for granted.
“I’m sure (fellow hooker) Scotty Moore will come back into the equation, because he’s been superb for us this season,” added Lunt.
“And Fuey (David Faiumu, the Giants’ other hooker) was in great form at Hull KR and must be in with a shout.
“It means it’s tough trying to hold onto your spot, but I do think this competition for places is helping to bring the best out of all of us.”