Paul Anderson is more convinced than ever that his Huddersfield Giants are capable of winning Super League games without the talismanic Danny Brough.
And he believes that was reinforced with Huddersfield’s performance in Saturday’s 26-16 home trial triumph over top-flight rivals Catalans Dragons.
The Giants have been accused of not having the ability to win without Brough in the past.
But despite the goalkicking half-back being rested against the French, the hosts created the lion’s share of the chances on the day – which Anderson feels bodes well for the future.
“We decided not to pick Broughy at the weekend. He did what he needed to do at Hull KR the week before, and we’ll just roll him out when we need to,” explained Anderson, who was keeping his captain back for next Friday’s Super League XXI opener at St Helens.
“As important as Broughy is to us and how good a player he is, it’s just as important we still have a good kicking game and produce some high-note finishes without him, which was the case last weekend.
“They helped make sure we kept on creating the chances, and we would have taken a lot more of them if we’d have shown a bit more composure.
“The performance of Jake, in particular, was one that really encouraged us. He did well at half-back, but he looks equally at home at centre, full back or wing – and you need players with that versatility.
“Had Kyle Wood not pulled up with a tight quad on the eve of the game – there was no point risking him – we were planning on using Jake at centre.
“But he went in at stand-off instead and showed what a valuable asset he can be for us.”