Happy head coach Paul Anderson has hailed Huddersfield Giants’ performance in what will be their only full pre-season hit-out before the start of Super League XX.
With the warm-up match at Bradford the week before being cancelled because of a frozen pitch and Anderson having now ruled out an extra midway first-team trial clash, it means the Giants will head into their Super League opener at home to Hull FC on Sunday, February 8 with just the Fax clash under their belt.
But with the way his side performed at The Shay, the Giants chief doesn‘t feel it’s the end of the world.
“Overall, we’re happy with the way it went, and we got everything out of it we’d hoped,” said Anderson.
“You could tell it was our first hit-out, because there was a bit of rustiness and our execution at times wasn’t great.
“It means that this week in training there will be some practice of catching the ball close to the opposition’s tryline and a bit of kick-stuff as well.
“Apart from that, it was pretty positive,
“We did put some good stuff together and it was pleasing to see how well the new boys – Jamie Ellis, Jack Hughes and Craig Huby – fitted in. It’s good they’ve got their debuts under their belts, because it means the nervous and edginess in their games should have gone.
“It’s also a bonus to see the players all come through unscathed.
“We’re pleased it was a physical game, and it won’t harm some of the boys to be nursing sore bodies this week.
“It was just the sort of game we needed to get ourselves right for the start of Super League.”