FIRED-UP Luke O’Donnell wants to mark his first home Super League appearance against Hull FC on Sunday with his best Giants display so far.
The 30-year-old Australia Test back-row forward was in blockbusting form as his new club opened their Super League XVI season with an impressive 28-18 triumph over Warrington Wolves in Cardiff on February 12.
But O’Donnell and the Giants failed to build on their Millennium Stadium magic as they crashed to a shock defeat at Castleford Tigers seven days later – and the former North Queensland Cowboy is desperate to do something about it.
“We started really well against Warrington, who are a class side, and I think that meant we dropped our guard a bit against Cas,” said O’Donnell.
“That played right into their hands and, to their credit, they did very well and got us on the night.
“But the beauty about our sport is you don’t have to wait too long to put things right, and for us we have the chance to do that against Hull this weekend.
“I was looking forward to this game anyway, because it’s my home Super League debut and I’ll be up against quite a few Hull players who have played with and against me during my time in the Australian NRL.
“But the fact we’ve got the chance to make amends after the way we played at Cas makes it even more important.
“It’s a very big game, not just for the Giants but for me.”