Brown hoping for happy Monday
Nathan Brown hopes his Huddersfield Giants side’s first taste of 'Monday Night Football' can help get their title challenge back on track.
The Giants have started each of the last two seasons strongly, only to suffer a mid-year dip and end up missing out on a Grand Final place.
They had looked a different proposition in 2012, though, or at least until a run of three successive defeats left them in a situation all too familiar.
But Huddersfield have a chance to show their wobble is only temporary when they host in-form Hull KR tomorrow night, and coach Brown is hoping they will stand up to the test.
“We’re just looking to go out and start heading back in the right direction. It’s important for us to start picking up some wins and have a consistent end to the year,” he said.
“We were playing some really good rugby then we lost a close one to Catalan and then got beat by Wigan Warriors and have recently dropped off a bit. We’re hoping to put that right on Monday.”
Huddersfield's chances are boosted by the return of captain Kevin Brown from suspension, but their only experience of playing Craig Sandercock's men this season has been a bad one.
They led 18-0 at Craven Park in March, only to lose 40-22, and Brown is well aware of how dangerous the Robins are, especially as they head into the game on a run of six wins in seven.
They have developed a knack of shading tight games - something Huddersfield have been unable to do - and Brown would like his men to learn that skill.
“They played really well against us earlier in the year and we know they’re going to be tough opposition. The personnel they have and the new recruits have had a real good impact giving them more attacking threat,” Brown added.
“They also have an asset in scrum-half Michael Dobson and they’re a dangerous team. We know what is required to earn the two points - we just have to put that in place.
“They’ve won some real close games recently and when you look at us we’ve ended up losing some really close games and that can make a huge difference to the table.
“Our past few results have been close defeats and they have had close victories. We’ve led until the last few minutes then put ourselves in a vulnerable position and lost - it’s something which needs changing.”