Paul Anderson is hoping an opposed training run against Leigh Centurions will reap its rewards at Hull KR this weekend.
The Giants travel to the east coast for former player David Hodgson’s testimonial clash on Sunday for their first Super League pre-season trial game.
Huddersfield chief Anderson has confirmed he will be sending his strongest available squad to face the Robins – the plan could be to give up to 25 players a run-out – and then put his final preparations in place for the home warm-up test against Catalans Dragons the following Saturday.
And after a highly-productive full-scale hit-out against former Giants hooker Paul Rowley’s Centurions just before Christmas, Anderson feels his players are well prepared for the trial challenges that lie ahead over the next fortnight.
“That opposed run at Leigh proved very valuable,” said Anderson.
“And I’d really like to thank Rowls for making it possible and letting us test each other out on their state-of-the-art artificial pitch.
“With a new hooker and a new prop we’re obviously going to be putting in some new combinations for next season, so the day over there was just what we needed.
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“We’ve done a fair amount of opposed sessions against ourselves and had some of the RFL’s referees down here to make sure we’re doing things right. We have done a lot more 13 v 13 sessions internally than before.
“But that session over at Leigh just before Christmas was the first time we’d played as a team together against another club.
“Understandably, it was a bit scrappy, but we got some good footage out of it, sat down, talked about what we’d seen an immediately started to right some wrongs.
“As a result, we then had an opposed session against our Under 19s the following day, and it was a lot better.
“So, hopefully, we’ll see a bit more against Hull KR this weekend.
“I’ve already spoken to (Hull KR coach) Chris Chester about his plans and, like us, he’s going to field a strong starting side, so we expect it to be a challenging contest, which is just what we need right now.
“In terms of having the ball in our hands, I do feel we’re slightly ahead of where we have been at this stage compared to recent years, but we should know a lot more about that after Sunday.”