IN-FORM David Faiumu is desperate to see the Giants carry on from where they left off last week in tonight’s home Super League clash against Hull KR at the Galpharm (8.00).
The 27-year-old New Zealand forward celebrated making his 50th Giants appearance with another outstanding display as Huddersfield fought back from an 18-0 deficit to score 32 unanswered points to sink fourth-placed Hull FC on Sunday.
Faiumu came off the bench to help spark the Giants’ revival – along with the fit-again Brad Drew – and the back-row forward with the incredible left-foot step is relishing the challenge to produce a repeat performance in front of the Sky TV cameras.
“Last Sunday ended up being an amazing game and I just hope we can maintain that form when we step out against Hull KR tonight,” said the former Kiwi Test star.
“Our first half against Hull was obviously a little bit shaky, but the boys showed some composure that we haven’t really seen of late, and that made all the difference in the world.
“We definitely went back to how we were playing at the start of the year, our key players started to do the right things at the right times in the second half and it paid off. You could see the difference in the two halves with regards to that.
“Then, later in the first half, Brad Drew made his return and made a massive difference for us, as he did early in the second half.
“And, personally, what made it even more of a memorable day was that such a great win was achieved on the day I was making my 50th appearance for the club.
“I’m really enjoying my time here and it was great to celebrate the 50 in front of our own fans.
“But I’m already looking forward to playing many more for the club, starting with the game against Hull KR toight.
“They’re a team who always complete their sets and do all the right things, they get to the kick with Dobson and he is really creative around the halves.
“He’ll be looking to put the ball right in the corner and put us on the back foot, so I’m expecting a tough game as they have a number of key players in there.
“But we go into the game with confidence on the back of a good performance last Sunday and a big win against the Bulls.
“With a short turnaround it is more about recovery and doing everything you can in preparing for the upcoming big game.
“There is not much extra you can do fitness wise it’s just getting yourself mentally and physically prepared.”
The Giants went into last week’s game with the squad lacing several key players through injury.
But the side showed just how resilient they are and proved they have the depth within the squad – although that didn’t come as a surprise to Faiumu, who earned praise off coach Nathan Brown for the way he played.
“It’s good to hear your coach saying things like that, but it is my job to come off the bench and trying to make a difference,” he added.
“It was all the more important last Sunday as we were missing key bench players like Eorl (Crabtree) and Dave (Fa’alogo) who were on the bench the previous week and everyone had to step up to the mark and lift the boys from the sidelines.
“If we need someone to come off the bench and spark up the boys I’m happy to do that, but I’m equally as happy taking my place in the starting line-up.
“When I wake up on game days and see the sun shining it’s a good day for me, because I know I can use my footwork.
“It’s also great to play in front of our home crowd at this great stadium. I can’t wait to get back out there tonight.
Tonight’s opponents Hull KR, meanwhile, have been handed a boost with the news Australian forward Ben Galea has agreed a new one-year deal.
The 31-year-old joined the Robins in 2008 from Wests Tigers and has been a key figure at Craven Park ever since, sweeping the board at the club’s player of the year awards in his debut season.
His decision to remain with the club until the end of 2011 comes a day after Jake Webster committed his future to Justin Morgan’s men.