GIANTS caretaker coach Paul Anderson has warned his players to ignore Hull’s last result and expect to face an opponent at the very top of their game.
Hull go into Sunday’s KC Stadium Super League clash (6.00) with memories of last Friday’s 66-6 thrashing at Wigan fresh in their minds.
That came just seven days after Huddersfield had beaten the Warriors 34-4 at the JJB Stadium.
But Anderson is desperate for his players to forget those two results and instead prepare to face the toughest of challenges.
“That result at Wigan last Friday has had no bearing at all on what we’ve said or done this week,” said Anderson, left.
“If we focused on that, it would leave us wide open.
“Complacency is the last thing we need right now.
“As a result, we are preparing to face a Hull side like we saw when they defeated Wakefield to reach the Challenge Cup final the week before.
“They showed that day what a quality side they can be if you let them play. That’s the Hull we expect to face this weekend.
“I’m sure the fact they had just reached Wembley had a part to play in that performance at Wigan.
“But that’s something for (Hull coach) Richard Agar to think about, not us.
“What we have to do is make sure we get our game right and we can maintain our current form.
“We’ve thoroughly enjoyed those wins at Wigan and Castleford in the past few weeks, and I know how much we’ll enjoy it if we can win at Hull on Sunday.
“With the way we are playing, it’ll be very disappointing if we lose, even though we know any game at Hull is going to be very tough.”
As well as two top away triumphs over the past fortnight, the Giants have also announced Anderson will be the No2 to new head coach Nathan Brown for the next two seasons.
But the former Great Britain prop has revealed the news has made no difference to the way his players have prepared for the contest.
“To be honest, this deal is something that has been done for a while, and the players have been aware of my intentions,” added Anderson.
“I’m obviously delighted it’s been sorted and that I’m staying here, because I believe there are exciting times ahead.
“But the announcement has certainly made no difference to what has taken place this week.
“It’s just business as usual, with the sole focus being Hull on Sunday and the hope we can get another victory under our belt. That has to be the sole aim.”