DISAPPOINTED Giants coach Keiron Purtill admits his side have a lot of work to do to make up for their sterile showing at Leeds Rhinos last night.
Huddersfield were crushed 46-8 by the Super League champions after failing miserably to build on last week’s sparkling win over Bradford Bulls.
The Giants did take an early lead with Chris Thorman’s penalty.
But they rarely threatened the Leeds line and trailed 40-2 before winger Martin Aspinwall scored their solitary try.
Asked if he was able to draw any positives from his side’s display, joint caretaker coach Purtill said: “They didn’t get 50!”
The Giants have won their last three home matches but have not taken maximum points on their travels for almost 12 months.
In fact, their only away League point this season came at Hull KR in March when they shared in a thrilling 24-24 draw.
They never looked remotely capable of pulling off their first win at Headingley since 1960, and Purtill admits the pattern of this season has become a major concern .
“Obviously, we are disappointed with the result,” added Purtill.
“I thought Leeds were very good. They were very clinical and had a point to prove after losing at Wigan.
“These are tough times for us at the moment. We’ve just got to keep working hard and come through the other side.
“Consistency has been a problem for us this year. We are giving away too many penalties and making too many errors. We have a look at ourselves and make sure we put things right.
“Fortunately, we’ve now got a week before we face Warrington (in front of the Sky TV cameras a week today), and I think we’re going to need it.
“Personally, I’m grateful for the extra time we’ve got, because we are going to need it if we are to try and right the wrongs from this defeat.”
As well as not conceding 50 points, Purtill believes another ‘positive’ could be the fitness of the players, with all the early indications suggesting they have emerged injury-free.
“We’ll clearly know more when everyone has their check-ups over the weekend,” he continued.
“But the initial signs on that front at least are encouraging.
“I’m sure everyone who played last night will be keen to get back out on the field next Saturday and, hopefully, get us back to winning ways.
“And, on top of that, we hope to have a couple more players available for selection.
“David Hodgson is recovering well from a chest injury, while we hope a week’s rest will have done Jamahl (Lolesi) a power of good.
“He’s been struggling with his shoulder for a couple of weeks, and I know how much he’ll want to be included next week.”