FORMER Castleford hooker Shaun Lunt believes the Giants’ shock Super League XV defeat at Salford could stand his side in good stead for the rest of the season.
Huddersfield were left shell-shocked after their 30-18 defeat at The Willows.
They now face the task of trying to bounce back at home to Castleford at the Galpharm tomorrow night.
It’s another match the Giants are favourites to win.
But after the events at struggling Salford on Easter Monday, the 23-year-old Lunt, who had a brief spell at Castleford four seasons ago, knows the Giants can’t afford to take anything for granted.
“Cas haven’t had the best of starts, but you can never underestimate them,” warned Lunt, left, who will, in fact, sit out the game because of a sore left wrist.
“They’re a great side on their day and they’ve got some quality players who can prove very elusive. We can’t afford to switch off against them for one second. It’s pretty similar to what we faced at Salford on Monday, when it again showed there are no easy games in Super League.
“That was a tough way for us to be taught that lesson, but hopefully we’ll have learned it now and we won’t make the same mistake again this season. We can’t dwell on that poor performance at Salford, we’ve got to make sure we leave nothing to chance and come back with the perfect response.
“It wasn’t a nice feeling at all on Monday, and I don’t think anyone is keen on any sort of repeat!”
Lunt has started the season in top form after crowning 2009 by collecting the Giants’ ‘Outstanding Achievement’ trophy in recognition of a remarkable first year at the club, which included his side’s best effort in the Challenge Cup final.
And he is determined to keep on improving.
“People talk about the dreaded second-season syndrome, and not being able to back up a great first year,” added Lunt. “I’ve worked really hard to try and avoid that, and I’m pleased with how it’s going.”