Huddersfield captain Danny Brough says his side are looking to put their poor Super League start behind them when they face Leeds Rhinos at home on Friday night.
The Giants won Super League’s curtain-raiser against Wigan at the start of February but their form has dwindled since and they have let two comfortable leads slip in the last fortnight to draw against Hull KR and lose at Widnes. They’re already three points off the early pace-setters in Super League.
Scotland international Brough, 31, told the Huddersfield Examiner: “Our last two performances have just not been good enough.
“We set ourselves very high standards here and we came nowhere near to reaching them. I just don’t think we played smart against Hull KR or Widnes, and we ended up getting what we deserved.
“It’s now up to us to show a reaction and bounce straight back. We aren’t a team that looks for excuses. Paul Anderson [coach] wouldn’t accept that, and neither would we.
“We will work that little bit harder and put things right on the pitch, which we’ll be looking to do against Leeds on Friday. There’s no better challenge for us than playing Leeds, and it’s probably the test we need following our past two games.
“Leeds have threats all over the park and they are three wins from three. So we have to be mentally ready and focus on doing our jobs to get the win, and we’re confident we can do that.”