KEITH MASON is relishing the challenge of leading a Giants pack lacking several of its biggest guns.
The 28-year-old prop produced another big spell for his side in yesterday’s 32-18 triumph over Hull at the Galpharm to earn the sponsors’ man-of-the-match award.
His contribution was vital, given the fact the Giants went into battle without the likes of Eorl Crabtree, David Fa’alogo and Andy Raleigh, who are all sidelined through injury.
But Mason was happy to take on the extra responsibility and was also full of praise for the way his fellow front-rowers stood up to be counted.
“Overall, I was pleased with the way I went yesterday, and I feel the more game-time I get the better I can be,” said the former St Helens man.
“But while I’m happy to pick up the man-of-the-match, I know it’s far from being down just to me.
“I thought Graeme (Horne) was superb to say it was his first game for us in the front row, Larne (Patrick) keeps getting better with every game and, of course, Darrell (Griffin) is always going to do a fantastic job for us.
“It was great playing alongside these three, and the way we all performed should gives us a great deal of confidence for Hull KR on Friday night. I know I can’t wait to get out there again.”
Mason has been one of the Giants’ most consistent performers this season.
But he is aiming to make an even bigger impact between now and the end of the season in a bid to gain wider recognition for his efforts.
“I’ve been happy with my form this year,” he added. “I feel I’ve carried on from where I left off last year, and Browny thinks I’m doing better, which is great to hear.
“I just want to keep improving and see how far I can go. By the end of the season, I’d like to think I’d done enough with the Giants to be in the England frame.”