Giants boss Stone’s looking for a response after Centurions defeat

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RELEGATION-HAUNTED HUDDERSFIELD Giants haven’t given up on snatching the final automatic place in First Utility Super League next year, according to coach Rick Stone.

Giants – who play host to Leeds Rhinos at the John Smith’s Stadium tomorrow – are fourth in the middle-eights table, behind Hull KR on for and against and two points clear of Salford Red Devils.

They have the toughest run-in, but Stone insisted: “If we win our two games we are going to be close to being right.

“That’s our focus and our aim and all we can do is get ready for Sunday.

“We have got to hold our gloves up, fight to the end, look up and see where we finish and work out the predicament then. There’s a lot of scenarios, but there’s no point worrying about them.

“We have got to get on with the next game and that’s Leeds.”

Giants lost 48-40 at Leigh last Saturday after trailing 42-10 at half-time.

“There was a lot at stake and we disappointed ourselves, our fans and everyone who’s associated with the club,” Stone admitted.

“That’s a fairly big burden to carry.

“We need to show we are better than that and we’ve got a lot more in us.

“We have to make sure we compete hard this week.”

Of Leeds, Stone said: “They have been stand-out performers, along with Leigh. in winning five straight.

“Credit to them, they definitely deserve their position next year, but we are concentrating on ourselves.”

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