DEFEATED Giants coach Nathan Brown has admitted his club still has a lot of hard work to do to compete on level terms with Super League big guns St Helens.
Despite producing a whole-hearted performance, Brown’s new-look side were beaten 23-6 by Saints in front of a bumper 11,338 Galpharm crowd.
The Giants were hoping to build on last Saturday’s magnificent 30-8 Super League XIV opening victory at Catalans Dragons.
But even though Huddersfield created a number of chances, they were unable to unlock a rock-solid Saints’ defence.
And Brown knows that means his side still has a lot of work to do.
“We are progressing, there’s no doubt about it,” said the former coach of Australian NRL club St George.
“But we’ve still got some work to do if we want to catch up with St Helens.
“The first half wasn’t great defensively. We conceded a couple of soft tries.
“We got over the line two or three times in the second half and got in a position to possibly do something.
“But there were some areas of the game where we left ourselves down.
“We have to make sure we work on those areas so there is no repeat in the future.
“By the time we play St Helens next time, I hope to see an improvement on this performance, that’s the challenge for everyone.”
Brown was today checking on the fitness of all his players as the Giants begin the countdown to Friday’s trip to Bradford Bulls.
The biggest immediate doubt was centre Michael Lawrence who left the field with a bout of concussion.