Leeds Rhinos: Giants boss believes collective composure is key to victory over Rhinos

Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson.

Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson.

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COOL HEADS will prevail tonight, Huddersfield Giants boss Paul Anderson reckons.

Anderson’s team are 12th in First Utility Super League, two points behind visitors Leeds Rhinos. Leeds’ previous trip to John Smith’s Stadium was in the final round of last year’s Super-8s, when both teams had a chance of finishing as league leaders. Giants will remain bottom if they lose, but a Huddersfield win coupled with victory for Salford Red Devils at home to Hull KR tomorrow would leave Rhinos propping up the rest.

“These are usually top-of-the-table-type clashes, but we are where we are,” Anderson said. “There is some added pressure in there and I think whoever keeps their composure the longest will win the game.

“One of the things you find when you are in the position we are is when you get to key points in the game – and Leeds will be the same – franticness in your game takes you under a bit. We have got to make sure we get back to just playing for 80 minutes and everybody giving each other opportunities.”

Giants have won only twice in 12 league rounds, but Anderson insisted: “We have shown over the past few weeks some definite improvements and we have got to turn that into wins now.

“We are where we are because consistently we haven’t been good enough, but over the last couple of weeks you can see we have got better and we are getting back into our defensive groove, which is helping us. We just want a fair crack of the whip with everything being equal and fair across the board in regards to decisions.”

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