MAN-OF-THE-MOMENT Rod Jensen has paid tribute to the work of his teammates as the Giants stand on the verge of reaching the Super League play-offs for the first time.
The 28-year-old (left) goes into Sunday’s big derby clash against Wakefield at the Galpharm (4.00) as the form top-flight winger.
Jensen has shot to prominence with three long-range tries in the last four games to secure vital wins over Warrington, Bradford and Catalans.
He admits he would love to do it again and help the Giants secure a top-six finish.
But he knows he will only be in a position to do so if the rest of the team continue to perform well.
“I’m loving playing in this side and I’m obviously loving scoring the tries,” said the former North Queensland Cowboy in the Australian NRL.
“But I know it’s only due to a combination of good fortune and the work of my colleagues that the tries have been coming.
“When you’re on the wing, you’re so dependent on the players inside you.
“And I’ve been lucky to have played alongside the likes of Shane Elford, Jamahl Lolesi and Chris Nero, who are all quality players. In fact, I played at Canberra with Jammer, so we found it very easy working with each other.
“I’m the first to admit it took me a little while to find my feet.
“But I’m really comfortable playing with all the boys here now, and I would like to think that’s reflected in the way I’m playing.
“To be honest, I can’t wait to play on Sunday.
“We’re still right in the mix for the semis and we’re about to play another game at the Galpharm.
“I love the atmosphere at the stadium, and the fans are brilliant. I just hope they’re out in force again this weekend.
“That would be the icing on the cake.”
Jensen is obviously expected to start on the wing once again.
But Giants coach Jon Sharp has the option to make changes from the side that won at Warrington if he wishes to do so.
Prop Keith Mason is available after missing last week’s victory because of suspension, while Steve Snitch could return to face his former club.
Second-rower Snitch has missed the last three games with a knee injury, but could be included if he passes a late fitness test.
But utility back Shane Elford is still on the sidelines after failing to recover from a hamstring injury suffered in the opening stages of the recent win over Bradford.