His debut couldn’t have gone that much better.

Sebastine Ikahihifo not only came off the bench after 20 minutes to make his Giants debut and produce some bone-crunching carries and

tackles to soften up St Helens.

But he was also part of a Huddersfield side celebrating just a fourth Super League success of the season and earned praise from head coach Paul Anderson in the process.

The Giants chief believed Ikahihifo had shown in just the one game why he had brought him to the John Smith’s Stadium after spending the start of this season in St George Dragons’ reserve side in the New South Wales Cup in Australia.

And the new man himself was also highly encouraged by his opening exploits.

“I absolutely loved it,” said the 25-year-old back-row forward (with a broad grin!).

“My lungs were really bursting a bit, because there is a big difference between the New South Wales Cup and Super League.

“But I really like the way the game’s played here and I’m confident it’ll suit my style of play.

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“To be honest, I didn’t know exactly what to expect when I got out there and what role I’d be playing, but the boys were great to me and just told me to go out there and try and play my natural game.

“That’s always been to run hard and tackle hard, and I was pretty happy with the way I went.

“It’s definitely something for me to build on, and I’m really excited at the prospect of that.

“And it’s great to be able to say that I’ve got a 100% win record with the Giants, and long may that continue!”

Ikahihifo was also delighted to have made his Super League debut at such an impressive stadium at St James’ Park.

“It was absolutely awesome,” added the former New Zealand Warriors pack star.

“It’s an amazing venue and the crowd was unbelievable. They can be a real inspiration.

“Back in Australia, everybody says how good the crowds are over here, and it’s true.”