Paul Anderson wants his Huddersfield Giants players to ensure thorough preparation pays off when they take on old foes Catalans Dragons in Newcastle on Sunday (1.00).
The coach has taken a close look at new Magic Weekend venue St James’ Park and has worked hard to ensure the big match big-up is as normal as possible.
“We know what to expect from Catalans,” said Anderson, whose fourth-placed side beat the sixth-placed Dragons 38-14 at the John Smith’s Stadium last month.
“And it’s important that we know what to expect from St James’ Park, which is a great venue. I don’t want anything to spook the players.”
It’s the middle of three meetings with Catalans during the first phase of the season, with the Giants travelling to France on Saturday, July 18.
“We had three games against them last season, and I’m looking forward to the challenge of playing them again,” added Anderson.
“They have been building well for the last month, they have won their last three games (against St Helens, Featherstone Rovers and Wigan Warriors) so we have a test on our hands.”
Huddersfield were 24-16 winners at Castleford Tigers in their last game, and have taken nine points from the last 10 available.
“Other than against Leeds in the Challenge Cup, we’ve been doing okay,” said Anderson, who hopes back Leroy Cudjoe will pass a test on the knee injury which kept him out at Castleford.
“It’s important we keep our run going and build some momentum at a crucial stage of the season.”
With renovation work taking place on the John Smith’s pitch, it’s a third straight away game for the Giants, who are next at home against Wigan next Sunday.
“You can’t play in a pitch with no grass, so you get on with it,” said Anderson. “The work is necessary, so we deal with the situation.
“There are far worse places you could be playing than St James’ Park and the important thing is to make sure we return to our place on the back of a win.”