Cautious Huddersfield Giants are taking no notice of Catalan Dragons’ continuing bout of travel sickness.
The men from the South of France are once again struggling to be a force abroad, with narrow Super League aways wins at relegated London Broncos and Bradford Bulls their only positive returns of 2014.
As a result, the Giants are widely tipped to inflict an eighth away defeat of the season on the Dragons and build on Sunday’s 52-26 home win over the Bulls.
But with the men from Perpignan having won on their last trip to England – 32-30 at Bradford – and desperately unlucky to lose out 32-31 to a last-minute try to Leeds Rhinos at Headingley on June 29, in-form Giants winger Jermaine McGillvary knows a sub-standard performance from his side this weekend will be asking for trouble.
“We can’t take any notice about the way the Dragons have been travelling,” said McGillvary, who grabbed a hat trick in Sunday’s success over Bradford.
“They’ve notoriously been a bit shaky on the road, but the quality in the squad’s still there for everyone to see.
“We certainly know that if we keep on making the same basic errors, Catalan have the players to make us pay.
“We got away with producing an error-strewn display against Bradford on Sunday, but we know we won’t get away with it again against a side like the Dragons.
“They’re a big, physical side and if you hand them the possession then they’ll just go over the top of you. We can’t afford to let them do that against us.”
And McGillvary knows what the Giants need to do to put things right.
“We’re showing a lack of concentration in so much of what we’re doing at the moment, and that’s hurting us,” added the 26-year-old.
“We’ll obviously take some positives from the fact we got back to winning ways at the weekend.
“But if we don’t keep our focus for longer and fix a lot of things up, then we know we’ll struggle to be challenging at the back end of the season when it really matters.”
As well as an interest in the respective line-ups for this weekend’s clash, there will also be interest in the fact Phil Bentham will take charge of a game at the John Smith’s Stadium for the first time since he refereed the Giants in their controversial Challenge Cup defeat to St Helens in early April when he ruled Danny Brough’s late ‘matchwinning’ drop goal had drifted wide.
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