CARETAKER coach Paul Anderson wants continued effort but for the Giants to smarten up their act in a bid to end a disappointing Super League season positively.
His Huddersfield side suffered a 14th defeat of the campaign on Saturday when they were narrowly beaten 19-18 by in-form Warrington Wolves to remain second bottom of the Super League ladder.
The Giants now have just six top-flight fixtures remaining, starting with Friday’s re-arranged trip to Wigan Warriors.
And Anderson is determined the Giants finish as well as possible.
“Even though we’ve been through some tough times, I’m delighted that everyone is still putting in all the effort,” said Anderson, who revealed Rod Jensen was forced to miss Saturday’s game with a hip injury.
“That was definitely the case against Warrington. We may have narrowly lost the contest, but I’ve got to give them A for effort.
“But in the area of smartness, it’s still got to be a C, and the line of ‘must do better’.
“We started the game very well. We were very patient in everything we were doing and building pressure with simple plays.
“But in the second half we didn’t continue to do things we did in first half, and that’s where we lost points on smartness. Warrington are a decent team and, when they start rolling, they can be difficult to stop. They are always going to score points.
“However, we conceded 19 points as opposed to 46 last week. So, in that respect, we asked for a response and I believe we got it.
“And the aim now is to continue to back this up between now and the end of the season, and make sure we can finish the season as positively as we possibly can.
“Fortunately, it looks like everyone is in pretty good shape, so we’ll be looking to give it a real go at Wigan on Friday.”
By then, of course, the Giants – to be coached next season by Aussie Nathan Brown – will know for certain whether they have been awarded one of the 14 Super League franchises for the next three years.
All will be revealed at a press conference tomorrow (10am), with Huddersfield believed to be among those ready to secure a spot.