GIANTS coach Jon Sharp believes his side will have to show nerves of steel if they are to secure a first Super League away win of the season against Catalans Dragons in France tonight (7.30).
All four of Huddersfield’s top-flight victories this term have been at the Galpharm, with their best away display the 24-24 draw at Hull KR.
And Sharp knows his side will need to be at their best if they are to avoid returning empty-handed.
“Going to Catalans presents a host of challenges,” said Sharp.
“If you don’t overcome them you know you’re in trouble.
“The Dragons have firmly established themselves as a strong Super League side, and this year they’ve been better than ever.
“They boast a big, aggressive pack, they’re smart from dummy-half and have a strong full-back (Clint Greenshields) who carries the ball extremely well.
“They also have one of the form players of the moment in Adam Mogg.
“That in itself makes this game very tough.
“On top of that, you have the travelling to consider and the disruption that can cause.
“Then, of course, you have to deal with the intimidating atmosphere.
“The French really get behind their side and trying to keep them quiet is a battle in itself!
“It’s vital, therefore, that we stay strong, don’t let the atmosphere get to us and focus 100% on reproducing the form that helped get us the excellent win over Hull KR last Sunday.
“If we are able to do that, then we’ll put ourselves in the best position to win this game.”