CARETAKER coach Paul Anderson has warned the Giants not to lower their standards – even though their dream of reaching the Super League play-offs has now come to an end.
Last Saturday’s narrow 22-20 home defeat to third-placed Catalans Dragons means the Giants now have no chance of finishing in the top six for a second successive season.
But Anderson will not allow his players to use that as an excuse as they prepare for the last two games of the season.
That starts with Sunday’s final home game of the season against Anderson’s former club, St Helens.
And he is determined to see Huddersfield give 100% in the contest.
“There were a whole host of reasons why we felt bitterly disappointed to have lost to Catalans,” said Anderson, who is sharing the caretaker coaching duties with Kieron Purtill.
“One of those was that it meant we could no longer finish in the six.
“But that doesn’t mean I want to see us simply giving up in our last two games (their final fixture is at Warrington on Friday, September 5).
“Our goal going into the Saints game is for us to win our last two matches and hopefully finish seventh.
“We were all really enjoying the way things were going over the past month – until we lost to Catalans, of course.
“So, now we want to regain that momentum and finish with a flourish.
“That would set us up perfectly for the build-up to the start of next season.
“But we know that completing that goal is not going to be easy.
“St Helens are in fantastic form. They’ve now won their last 19 games on the trot, which is an incredible record.
“And I know how much they’ll be wanting to maintain that momentum ahead of their Challenge Cup final against Hull the following Saturday.
“But I’m confident we will give a good account of ourselves and can make it really tough for them.”
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