DELIGHTED Giants coach Nathan Brown believes his side is heading in the right direction.
Huddersfield produced the result of the opening round of Super League XIV with a stunning 30-8 triumph at Catalans Dragons on Saturday night.
The team from the South of France were expected to be tough opening opponents for Brown in his first game of Super League in charge of the Giants, with the Dragons having finished third in the competition last season.
But the hosts proved no match for Brown’s new-look side, and the Australian believes the signs are looking promising.
“You’ve got to be pretty pleased to come to a place like this and win 30-8,” said Brown.
“And there’s no doubt the players deserved it. Everyone played their part and it was a good collective effort.
“At the start, we hung in well when they threw a lot at us. We’ve obviously spent a lot of pre-season working on our defence and that paid off on the night.
“We also took our chances on attack pretty well, too. In fact, had the video ref not disallowed the two other ‘tries’ the score would have looked even better.
“But we know we can do better, and we need to.
“At this stage, there are definitely some pleasing signs that suggest we’re heading in the right direction. It’s just a case of keeping on building and working at becoming even more consistent, that’s the key.
“However, there’s no doubt this is a good start.”
Unfortunately, there was one big cause for disappointment with the injury suffered to prop Eorl Crabtree. The 26-year-old has a hamstring injury, with Brown fearing Crabtree could be sidelined for several weeks.
“At this stage, we don’t know if there’s a tear or if it’s a strain,” added Brown.
“Hopefully, we’ll know more pretty soon, and obviously hope the news is positive.”