Stone wants ‘hungrier’ display from Giants

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HUDDERSFIELD Giants coach Rick Stone has demanded more “hunger” from his side against Wakefield Trinity tonight.

They host their West Yorkshire rivals having lost out 30-20 against Salford Red Devils at the same ground last Thursday.

That was a game Huddersfield really should have won before some alarming defensive errors.

“There was some good and indifferent bits throughout from everyone,” insisted Stone.

“We made eight line breaks, enough to score some points but the opposition made just as many and they converted their chances better. They were a bit hungrier and got the job done.

“The first thing we look at is video and see where our options let us down and where we can show a bit more composure is the main thing. Probably defensively and through the middle we were down a bit. That’s disappointing.”

Wakefield are on a 10-game losing run dating back to last July but, with three former Giants in their ranks – Scott Grix, Kyle Wood and Craig Huby – cannot be under-estimated.

They ran Challenge Cup holders Hull FC close in their opener before losing 12-8.

Stone added: “They have got a big, skilful pack. All their players have got a good skillset; they have picked up Sam Williams and I know what he can do.

“It was a tough grind for them against Hull and it showed that they were really competitive against one of the better teams in the league last year.”

Meanwhile, full-back Grix, who spent seven seasons at Giants before heading back to Wakefield last winter, is relishing a first return to the John Smith’s Stadium.

The 32-year-old, who scored a try in Wakefield’s loss to Hull, did not feature much for Giants last season when they unexpectedly slumped to the foot of the table.

“It was frustrating personally not being able to contribute and seeing mates go through it, loss after loss,” he said.

“Then they were within a whisker of the Million Pound Game and it was horrible. I know how they felt and how they will feel about their chances this year.

“I realise how important it is for them to get a good start to the season after that disappointment of last year. They’ll be firing this week and we need to be on our game to get the two points.”

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