HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS head coach Nathan Brown is looking for his side to take the initiative as they target a Super League victory at Castleford Tigers tomorrow.
Huddersfield go to the Probiz Coliseum (3.30) looking for points to lift their hopes of a top-four finish – as well as a huge confidence injection ahead of their Challenge Cup semi-final clash with Warrington Wolves at the City of Salford Stadium a week tomorrow.
It is for that reason that Brown, who welcomes Luke Robinson and David Fa’alogo back into his squad fortomorrow’s game after injury in place of Eorl Crabtree and Dale Ferguson, says the focus has to be on how the Giants perform.
“The key is how we go about the game ourselves,” said Brown.
“It is not about whether we are playing Castleford, but it is all about our own performance and what we can do.
“We have got to be that bit better than we were in our last game and improve again – that is what we have to be concerned about.”
Castleford were beaten 40-10 at struggling Widnes on Monday night when they were without last season’s Super League Man of Steel Rangi Chase, who faces a disciplinary inquiry at the Tigers.
Chase is again left out of the Tigers 19-man match squad as he is still suspended, but coach Ian Millward includes new signing from Hull scrum-half Jamie Ellis who is set to make his debut for the Tigers, while Richard Owen returns to the squad having missed the Widnes match through suspension.
Hooker Ryan Hudson, the former Giants player, also returns to the fold for the first time since May’s away match with Hull KR.
“Cas have been hit by some off-field issues and they have also got some good players out injured,” said Brown.
“That has eaten away at the depth of their squad and, like a lot of sides, you find that once you lose a few players the ones coming through are quite young.
“They lack experience, but the only way they are going to get that experience is through playing in the first team.
“I am sure Ian Millward would like to have a few more experienced players out there at the moment.
“They had a tough night at Widnes earlier in the week, but a week is a long time and they will be looking to be that bit smarter when they face us tomorrow.”