Giants seek home comforts
Huddersfield Giants are hoping their return home and a visit from a regular whipping boy can reignite their Engage Super League challenge.
The Giants have spent most of the season among the pacesetters but a slump in fortunes, particularly over the past month, has undermined their campaign.
Nathan Brown's men have slipped to fourth in the table after losing three of their last four while they were also dumped out of the Carnegie Challenge Cup by Castleford Tigers last week.
Brown wants to start putting that right as the Giants return to the Galpharm Stadium for the first time in 11 weeks tonight to play Hull KR, against whom they are unbeaten in four years.
"We are not going quite as well as we would like," said Brown, whose side played their last three home games at The Shay, Halifax, due to reseeding work at the ground they share with Huddersfield Town.
"We need to get back to doing the things we do well and get a little bit of improvement in a couple of key areas.
"We won three at Halifax, so we couldn't complain about going there, but coming back to your home ground is great and the surface looks terrific.
"We have a good record against Hull KR, we seem to perform reasonably well against them."
Huddersfield have been hampered by injuries and this week lost prop Keith Mason and centre Joe Wardle for up to six weeks.
Other key players such as Kevin Brown, Luke O'Donnell and David Fa'alogo are also out but Brown does not want to make excuses.
"We have got lots of blokes that aren't playing but it is no use worrying about it," he said. "They can't help us win this game this weekend."
Hull KR are just a point outside the play-off places after winning their last four Super League games but need a lift after last week's 54-6 Challenge Cup thrashing by St Helens.
Coach Justin Morgan said: "It’ll be a tough game against Huddersfield regardless of the personnel they put out.
"They’ve proven in the past that they’re a quality side and they’ll be very determined to make an assault at the top of the Super League table."
Tonight's other game sees Catalan Dragons host Harlequins RL in Perpignan.
The fifth-placed Dragons are hoping to keep the pressure on the top four after losing for only the second time in eight games on their last outing at St Helens.
Quins, who opened the season by beating the Dragons in Cardiff, have won just once in their last 17 games.