HUDDERSFIELD Giants are more than aware that winless London Broncos are closing in on their first victory in 10 months.
The West Yorkshire club host Super League’s bottom team this afternoon refusing to take them lightly despite a woeful record.
Relegation favourites London have lost all 17 of their games this season but their performances have improved since Joe Grima took charge last month and they almost won at Wakefield last weekend.
“This is a possible banana skin,” said Huddersfield assistant Kieron Purtill, whose side have won seven of their last eight games.
“We went to Leeds last week who are top of the table and put a lot of intensity and effort into the game for 80 minutes, with a big dramatic finish to win.
“After an effort like that there’s a danger of sitting back and thinking, ‘we’ve got London Broncos who haven’t won a game, they’re not scoring too many points’, and that’s what can catch you out.
“Last time we played London our attitude towards the game, particularly doing the small things as individuals and then collectively as a group, wasn’t right, and it turned out to be a really tough game.
“Teams are dangerous when they’ve got nothing to lose.”
Huddersfield, indeed, did have to scrap hard last month having trailed 16-10 at half-time before emerging 30-16 victors.
Purtill added: “They’ll throw the ball about and they’ll chance their hands.
“They’re fighting not just for the future of the club, but a lot of those players are fighting for future contracts at other clubs, which makes them even more dangerous.”
The hosts make just one enforced change to the 19-man squad selected for the 24-22 win against Leeds, winger Aaron Murphy out having broken his hand in the Headingley victory, meaning prop Anthony Mullally – who scored a crucial try against London last time – is recalled.
“We don’t have enough people to rotate,” admitted Purtill.
“And if we chop and change too much and try experimenting then it may throw us out of sync.
“That maybe happened the last time against them. We want the same intensity as against Leeds.”