TOP Giants defender Liam Fulton has relished the chance to knuckle back down to training and prepare for the rest of the Super League season.
The 25-year-old back-row forward, pictured right, was one of the Huddersfield players to emerge with credit during Saturday’s 25-16 Challenge Cup final defeat at the hands of Warrington at Wembley.
Official Rugby Football League statistics from Opta have revealed Fulton made more tackles than any other player on either side during the contest – 38 – and didn’t miss any.
But that came as no consolation to the former Wests Tigers star, who is now ready to work extra hard to guarantee success on the Super League front, starting at Celtic Crusaders on Saturday.
“The final against Warrington really was a massive disappointment,” said Fulton, who could be set to switch from the second row to stand-off for the rest of the season to cover for the injured Kevin Brown (knee).
“We didn’t play to the gameplan, we executed poorly, made silly mistakes and got punished for it.
“It wasn’t the sort of performance we’ve come to expect from the Giants.
“Warrington outplayed us, and that’s tough to take.
“But we’ve got no time to dwell on it.
“After you’ve suffered a defeat like this the best thing you can do is knuckle straight back down in training and just get on with it.
“That’s why I think we were all pleased to get back to training today.
“Although the Challenge Cup has gone, there’s still a few games left to go in the season and there are the semi-finals just around the corner.
“We’ve done really well in the League and we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that we’re in the top four.
“It’s up to us to make sure we don’t let the disappointment of the Cup final get the better of us and re-double our efforts in the Super League.
“We’ve had one taste of what it’s like to play in a major final, we’d love to have the chance to take part in another in about six weeks’ time.”
Last weekend’s Challenge Cup final was obviously the first time Fulton has played in such a major final in England.
And he admits the occasion, and the chance to play at Wembley Stadium was an unforgettable experience.
“This game and this stadium are very special,” he added.
“I was looking forward to playing in a game like this from the moment I signed, and it was an amazing experience.
“But, unfortunately, I think the way we performed showed that the occasion could have got to us a bit.
“That’s something we’ll hope to address fully in review this week.
“Having to do the analyse on video might be a bit tough, but it’s one of the ways of getting over this horror and making sure we move straight on.”
Huddersfield’s Academy side are in action tonight when they entertain Castleford Tigers at Laund Hill (7pm).