HUDDERSFIELD Giants hooker Luke Robinson says his side have to learn how to be more ruthless if they are going to start fulfilling their potential.
Despite the ex-England international hoping to help the West Yorkshire club to a fourth successive victory as they head over to Warrington Wolves this evening, they remain far from happy.
Entering the seventh round of Super League, the Fartowners are still awaiting a vintage display of any real note.
Sunday’s 44-14 success at Wakefield is a case in point; even if the scoreline suggests otherwise, Giants struggled for large parts and only pulled clear in the final half-hour.
“It was very scratchy to say the least,” Robinson told The Yorkshire Post. “A win’s a win at the end of the day and every minute matters and every win, every point.
“I’d rather take an ugly victory than a pretty loss; all I care about is getting points on the board.
“But, performance-wise, obviously there are still things to work on.
“We were so good in patches and looked like a title-winning side for 10, 15 minutes.
“Then we looked like relegation candidates for the next 10.
“It is about getting some consistency in our game and, you know another thing as well, we’re probably not the greatest team at putting teams to the sword.
“There are other teams in the league that, when they are on top and get a sniff, they really, really put their foot on your throat and take advantage when you’re not playing great.
“Whereas, we seem to allow teams back into the game, unfortunately.”
Paul Anderson’s side will need to discover that merciless attitude more than ever tonight considering their wretched record against Warrington.
The Wolves are undefeated in their last 11 meetings with Huddersfield, having drawn one and won 10.
Indeed, Huddersfield’s last victory against Tony Smith’s men was a 29-10 home win four years ago, while their last success at the Halliwell Jones Stadium is further back still when, under Nathan Brown, they claimed a play-off spot in 2010.
Halifax-born Robinson recalls both those games but they are rare beacons in stormy waters. Before this latest nightmare sequence began, he also endured Challenge Cup final heartache against the Wolves in 2009.
The current Warrington side is fitful as well, though, with four wins from their first six league fixtures, losing on their last outing, admittedly just 32-24 and at champions St Helens.
Robinson, 30, added: “I watched them in that game and it was a very intense match.
“It was disappointing for them in some areas but they are a good side, especially at home. Friday will give us a measure of where we are.
“We can’t have lapses of concentrations when away at Warrington; if you are off the ball there for 10, 15 minutes you can be 18, 20 points down in that time.
“We need to go there and more than anything concentrate – literally each and every one of us on our roles for the full 80 minutes.”
On the subject of roles, Robinson is back in the No 9 position from which he possibly enjoyed the finest season of his career to date in 2010, when he earned England honours and impressed on the Four Nations tour that autumn.
He had largely been operating as scrum-half alongside Danny Brough in each of the last two campaigns, including when Huddersfield finished as league leaders in 2013, but Jamie Ellis’s arrival from Castleford Tigers has seen the former Wigan Warriors star switch back to the pack.
Robinson missed a couple of games before returning in the 22-0 win over Castleford that preceded Wakefield.
On his own performance, he said: “I feel good. I feel like my form’s good and like I’m doing the little things that are important to me.
“Basically when I’m on my game it’s those little things that people don’t probably see, that are a bit of benchmark in my own game.
“They’re getting better and better, I’m contributing to the side and, fingers crossed, I can improve elements. But I’m happy with the way I’m going.”