DELIGHTED Giants chief Jon Sharp is hoping yesterday’s 64-12 triumph over Castleford will signal a rapid rise up the Super League XIII ladder.
His Huddersfield side put the big disappointment of their opening defeats to champions Leeds Rhinos and Bradford Bulls behind them with a 12-try demolition of the Tigers.
It equalled their highest winning margin in Super League, with the 68-16 win over Leigh in 2005 their previous best.
That was also the only other Super League game in which the Giants had scored 12 tries.
But now Sharp wants to see his side kick-on and build on the solid performance, starting with next Sunday’s Galpharm clash against Hull FC.
“I was absolutely delighted with the performance,” said Sharp.
“I asked for a response from the boys after last week’s performance at Bradford and got it.
“We played some really good attacking stuff and defended well. Our support play, in particular, was excellent.
“I said straight after the Bradford game that there were signs we were improving and, unfortunately for Castleford, it all came together in the one game.
“It’s been a tough start for the Tigers, but I’ve been very one-eyed in my approach this week.
“We’ve made sure it’s been all about us, not about the opposition, and it paid off.
“But we know there’s still a lot of work for us to do.
“After losing our opening seven games last season, a lot of people will say we’ve got a monkey off our back by winning this one.
“But, for us, it’s always been about focusing on the performance rather than the result, and that’s key.
“And what’s important now is that we keep building on this latest performance.
“We’ve now got some momentum behind to take into the home game against Hull next week.
“It’s vital we see a repeat.”