DELIGHTED Giants assistant coach Paul Anderson believes yesterday’s stunning trial triumph at Wakefield is down to all the hard work the players have put in during pre-season training.
A Huddersfield ‘reserve’ side turned on the style to beat Wakefield’s strongest available Super League line-up 24-16.
Apart from Darrell Griffin, Danny Kirmond, Shaun Lunt, Larne Patrick and Andy Raleigh, the Giants fielded a side made up of young fringe first-team players boasting a handful of Super League appearances between them.
But they were able to show their full potential during a heart-warming all-round performance, which bodes well for the future.
“They played liked they have trained throughout pre-season, and it was good to see,” said Anderson, who took charge of the side to enable head coach Nathan Brown to watch from the stands.
“Everyone has worked with intensity from day one and they have now managed to transfer that into a game.
“They have set an example which we hope our senior players will take into our final pre-season game at St Helens on Saturday.
“We were really happy with the overall effort against Wakefield, and it was good to see so many players contribute. It was just the sort of performance we had been looking for.”
The only downside to the game was the early departure of Andy Raleigh, who was withdrawn after 10 minutes with a badly cut eye.
But Anderson is hopeful he’ll still be in contention for the squad to face St Helens.
“It was a pretty nasty one,” he added.
“But if this had been a competition game we would have probably patched him up and got him straight back out there.
“So the obvious hope is that it’s not bad enough to prevent him securing a place for next Saturday.”