Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson expects his players to return to training with their batteries re-charged after telling them to ‘refresh and re-set’ in the wake of the 30-22 Super League XXI home defeat to Castleford.
Huddersfield’s hopes of securing a top-eight finish are almost certainly over following a lack-lustre showing against the Tigers on Friday night.
It was the Giants’ 13th defeat of the campaign with six games of the regular season remaining.
And with a nine-day turn-around between the Castleford clash and Sunday’s home derby duel against Wakefield Trinity, Anderson is looking for his players to produce a strong final push.
“As soon as that Cas game was over, I told the players to re-set and refresh,” revealed Anderson.
“I’m not in the business of looking for excuses, but I did think one or two of our players were running on empty on Friday night, and having a nine-day turn-around has come at just the right time.
“Because of the lack of depth in our squad and the number of injuries we’ve had, we’ve not had the luxury of rolling the players around much this year, and Friday’s performance was clearly starting to take its toll.
“That’s why we gave the players a few days off, so they can spend some time doing their own thing.
“Hopefully, that will freshen them up, both mentally and physically, and when they come back into training everyone will be ready to go again.
“We need to make sure we find the right response against Wakefield on Sunday.”