GIANTS coach Nathan Brown is eager for his side to double-up for the first time this season.
Super League XIV has seen the Galpharm side slip into a win-lose pattern, with the wins all coming away from home.
Breaking their duck at home and serving up consecutive successes was key for the coach as they prepare for Sunday’s clash with in-form Harlequins at the Galpharm.
“It would be nice to win two rounds in a row and obviously we want to get our first win at home for the year,” said Brown.
“Both times at home this season we have lost to pretty reasonable opposition in very close games, so we are at a stage where we need to win one at home, and to win two in a row would be welcome as well.”
Brown is well aware that Harlequins, level on points with the Giants having played a game less, have made a solid start to the campaign and he knew that a victory will be earned the hard way.
“Harlequins are playing really well and I saw something of them earlier in the year and a couple of games last year and I’m aware that they are a hard-working team,” said Brown.
“Their coach Brian McDermott was a really tough player and he always did a lot of hard work and, the way that they work for one another, you can tell that he has instilled that into his team.
“Watching the start of this season you have to be struck by their ability to score tries, they defend well and their for and against tally is pretty impressive.
“They have players who can hurt you and for us to do well in the game we have got to be on top of our game both offensively and defensively because they seem to be going very well at the moment.”
The Giants themselves have produced some strong defensive form and it was that effort which earned Saturday’s 26-24 win at Castleford – the Giants holding out for 18 plays as the Tigers were handed three consecutive sets of six.
“We are doing reasonably well defensively. At Castleford the other side had a lot more ball than we did and we must have made 120-odd more tackles then they did,” said Brown with a smile.
“I felt against Castleford that we showed that we can tackle well against a strong attacking side and to hold them and win without too much ball was good.
“Having said that, I still felt that a couple of the tries we conceded were a bit soft and a bit easy, so we have something to work on.
“It would be fair to say we are going fairly well, but we still need to improve.”
Brown’s side is bolstered by the return of Eorl Crabtree from a hamstring tear sustained against Catalans Dragons, and Simon Finnigan has recovered from a knee ligament problem.
“Eorl is okay and Simon is ready to play, so we have got two back this week and we didn’t lose any so that’s good for us,” said Brown.
“The guys who have come in have been doing reasonably, but it is good to get people back.
“When we were down on personnel we won one and lost one, but you can’t use that as an excuse as over the season most sides are going to go through some pain.
“It is only early in the year but some clubs have problems. Wakefield are an example but they’ve gone well – all-in-all we’re okay.”
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