HUDDERSFIELD Giants are spending their 'free' weekend by working harder than ever.
Coach Jon Sharp's squad will not return to competitive action until Sunday week when they entertain London Broncos (3.00).
But despite a number of his players carrying knocks, Sharp has revealed his players are training flat-out in readiness to face the Broncos.
"Ideally, we would have liked to have been in Challenge Cup action this weekend," said Sharp.
"But due to the contentious tie against Saints, that's not possible.
"However, we have all made the decision that rather than rest up, we'll spend all the enforced break working harder than ever.
"We're using this time to get some hard, physical fitness into them, and so far the boys are loving it.
"Those who aren't carrying injuries are being flogged on the training field, while the injured players are starting their rehab work in the swimming pool at 7.30 each morning!
"Yes, it's hard work, but we believe that at this stage of the season it's exactly what they need.
"So the message sent out this week is `no days off and business as usual.' It will be the same next week."
Meanwhile, former Giants hooker Ryan Hudson has spoken for the first time about his two-year suspension for taking the banned substance Stanozolol.
The 25-year-old, who joined Bradford Bulls from Castleford on a three-year contract at the end of last season, claims he took the steroid by mistake during a winter trip to Australia.
Former Giants player Sean Penkywicz was also banned last month after being found guilty of taking a performance-enhancing drug, but has kept a vow of silence.