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Preview: Huddersfield v Hull FC

Assistant Coach Paul Anderson is in positive mood this week after the Giants ended their poor run last weekend against London.
Preview: Huddersfield v Hull FC
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Assistant Coach Paul Anderson is in positive mood this week after the Giants ended their poor run last weekend against London.

Having seen the Giants return to winning ways, Anderson believes it will bring the start of another good run for the side, if they can keep doing it against the top sides;

"The win is key to it. We haven't had to do anything drastically different to what we had done before. We have just been back to basics more than anything and understanding what works well for us. Our challenge is for us to back that win up against another good team.

"The players are aware what works and what doesn't work, obviously the last five or six weeks have proved that."

Anderson is hopeful of repeating the performances against Hull FC, having beaten them twice already this year;

"We played them in that short period of time over Easter but it has been a while since then, we have made a few changes and so have they. We know that if we do well then we give ourselves a good opportunity.

"They have got a fair amount of injuries and they have had different personnel playing positions so it is probably hurting them but what they are doing is competing and competing hard,

"If we sit back and watch them they will be in front again. We have to be aware at what the threats are, which the players are, and make sure we work hard for ourselves."

The Giants also have an almost full squad to choose from this week, with Luke Robinson the only member of the side ruled out;

"Robbo has just got a slight tweak on his elbow. It is nothing that is going to be weeks and weeks. He won't play this week but there is a chance for the week after. Obviously with the trauma he has had in the past, it probably just needs a week to settle down,

"Tommy Lee has a chance to play at nine this week. If Tommy and Scotty go well then Robbo might have to wait another week, you don't know. But Robbo will get himself fit and put himself back in contention."

Paul Anderson is confident that Luke O'Donnell could return to the side this week, and add another dimension to the Giants side;

"We feel confident when he is out there we are confident when he is in our environment. If he gets a run out at the weekend then the confidence will run alongside him because I know what a competitor he is."

Anderson was also full of praise for his former team mate Jamie Peacock who retired from International Rugby League this week.

"Jamie was a great servant and a great warrior for club and country. I've been fortunate to play with him as well as play against him, he's definitely a competitor and he will be missed. I'm sure he has got his reasons for what he has done and all the best for him in the future."

Anderson also spoke about taking the Head Coach position next season and he believes the appointment of Kieron Purtill to his backroom staff is another quality addition.

"Kieron is a good bloke more than anything and the players will enjoy working with him. He is very knowledgeable and obviously he is very common to me, I know him and he knows the club. He knows what we are expecting of him which is to be competitive and challenge at the top."

Brown names his squad for Hull FC trip

Huddersfield Giants Head Coach Nathan Brown has named his 19-man squad for the trip to the KC Stadium this Sunday afternoon (k.o. 3pm).

Returning to the fold is Giants Australian forward Luke O'Donnell, while David Faiumu comes into the squad in place of the injured Luke Robinson.

The full squad is as follows:

01. Scott Grix
02. Michael Lawrence
03. Leroy Cudjoe
04. Lee Gilmour
06. Kevin Brown
07. Danny Brough
08. Eorl Crabtree
10. Keith Mason
11. Luke O'Donnell
13. David Faiumu
15. Larne Patrick
16. Dale Ferguson
18. Jason Chan
19. Tommy Lee
20. Luke George
21. Aaron Murphy
26. Jamie Cording
29. Greg Eden
35. Scott Moore

The Giants will be wearing their principal shirt for this encounter and the referee is James Child.


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