Cocksure Giants told to get back to basics

Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson.
Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson.
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Huddersfield Giants’ coach Paul Anderson admits his vain side must “refocus” in the aftermath of a fourth successive loss.

He offered no excuses after last season’s League Leaders’ Shield winners were comprehensively beaten 30-6 at Hull FC.

Instead, the reigning Super League Coach of the Year revealed he feels his stuttering side have become too cocksure.

“We are probably not working as hard as we think we are as a collective, as a club,” he said.

“We have probably fallen in love with ourselves a bit.

“We have just got to get back to some fundamentals – winning the ruck, getting some good shoulder contact in and bending people backwards because that is what Hull did defensively.”

It is the worst run Anderson has encountered since being promoted from assistant to take over from Nathan Brown back in July 2012.

Huddersfield head to Salford Red Devils on Good Friday hoping to be bolstered by the return of England centre Leroy Cudjoe and Larne Patrick, with the second-row missing since injuring his knee at Wigan Warriors on the season’s opening night in February.

But after Thursday’s error-ridden display at Hull, Anderson conceded: “We weren’t good enough and physically we were beaten up by a big team.

“We have to refocus on what we want to achieve. We had a fair amount of brain farts out there; we shot ourselves in the foot.”

The Giants were 20-0 down inside 19 haphazard minutes against Hull and looked a shadow of the side that was so fearsome in 2013.

Huddersfield lost only five league games last season – their finest for decades – yet they have already lost four this year, barely a quarter into the campaign.

They are now in the bottom half of Super League and clearly struggling to adapt to their new status as big scalps.