STRUGGLING Huddersfield Giants head to St Helens tomorrow under no pressure at all.
That’s the view of England prop Eorl Crabtree (left) as the mis-firing Giants prepare to go into Super League battle at Langtree Park (7.45) against a Saints side looking to make it seven successive top-flight triumphs.
Huddersfield have lost eight of their last nine Super League fixtures and head across the M62 in the wake of Sunday’s demoralising 35-14 home defeat to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.
As a result, the Giants have been written off in almost every quarter.
But Crabtree believes that could work to his side’s advantage as they look to re-discover the form that took them to the top of the table three months ago.
“With the way things have been going, you might think we’d been dreading going to Saints this weekend,” said Crabtree.
“But that couldn’t be further from the truth. We’re all really looking forward to it.
“Nobody is expecting us to do anything against them, which means there’s going to be no real pressure on us at all. That’s refreshing.
“During our awful run of form, we’ve not been handling the pressure at all. We’ve gone into so many games with everyone expecting us to win and then simply failed to perform.
“But it’s different this week, and knowing that pressure is off could make all the difference in the world.
“We’re just going to go out there to give it our best shot, and we know that if we come up with the right performance then we’ll be in with a chance.
“We know we’ve got the quality to start winning again, and this is a great opportunity to prove it once again. The days of letting each other down have to come to an end.”
St Helens: Wellens, Shenton, Soliola, Meli, Hohaia, Lomax, Perry, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Wilkin, Flannery, Laffranchi, Flanagan Clough, Magennis, Dixon, Gaskell, Makinson, Jones.
Giants: Grix, Lawrence, Cudjoe, Gilmour, Brough, Crabtree, Robinson, Mason, Fa’alogo, Faiumu, Patrick, Chan, Lee, George, Fairbank, Cording, Eden, Moore, Ferres.
Referee: James Child.