Beaten Giants boss Paul Anderson admits he took some encouragement from his side’s 44-30 defeat at in-form Castleford Tigers last night.

But he knows the Giants of 2014 are still a shadow of the side that lifted the Super League Leaders Shield of last season – and he’s determined to do something about it.

Huddersfield’s performance at the Jungle was a vast improvement on the shocking 36-10 home defeat to Salford Red Devils a week ago.

And Anderson wants to see the Giants produce even more in next Sunday’s home clash against Bradford Bulls.

“Losing is something none of us likes to experience,” said Anderson, who praised the way props Anthony Mullally and Antonio Kaufusi took their chances after being handed rare starts.

 

“But I do feel a bit more positive than I did a week ago, when I felt so angry because it just looked as if we hadn’t turned up.

“This week we tried harder and showed a lot more effort and intent.

“It’s just that we’re continuing not to play smart off the back of it, and that has to change.

“Obviously, it didn’t help that we had some key men missing – for starters, our kicking game was non-existent – but even taking into account the absences, we know we should be doing far better given the quality of personnel at our disposal.

“We still remain focused on winning this competition, but that’s something we obviously won’t be doing if we don’t start improving as quickly as possible.”

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