Anderson sees redemption chance


25th June 2014

Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson is hoping to banish the memory of his team's last trip to east Yorkshire when they take on Hull KR in First Utility Super League on Thursday night.

The Giants' suffered their heaviest defeat of the season when they went to Hull FC in April and Anderson is still hurting by that 30-6 loss, which came just four days after playing St Helens in the Tetley's Challenge Cup.

Huddersfield brought forward their last match against London Broncos by 24 hours to give them more time to prepare for the trip to the KC Lightstream Stadium as Anderson strives to keep his side's momentum going after winning eight of their nine games since that loss to the Black and Whites.

"We're happy with how we're travelling at the minute," Anderson said. "We're winning and winners are grinners, even though we were scrappy at the weekend.

"Hull KR have a lot of injuries but we know we've got a challenge because going to Hull on a Thursday night has not been good for us already this year.

"Also they took a point off us earlier in the year and that's given us extra motivation. We want it back."

Exciting full-back Greg Eden was Rovers' hero that day, creating two tries in the last three minutes to earn a share of the spoils after they trailed 24-12.

The 23-year-old Eden, who was hailed as England's answer to Billy Slater by then coach Nathan Brown when he burst onto the scene at Huddersfield three years ago, was subsequently loaned out to Salford Red Devils after suffering a dip in form but recalled when Ben Cockayne picked up a knee injury earlier this month.

Anderson has no regrets over his decision to release the error-prone Eden, who is halfway through a three-year deal with the Robins, but is acutely aware of his attacking threat.

"He's a very good player," Anderson said. "He got labelled with a few tags early in his career which he's struggled to live up to.

"We know there's definitely some strike in him and there's definitely some strike in Hull KR. We've got to make sure we challenge them to come off their tryline as often as we can. If we keep them out of our half, we know we will do well."

Eden scored two tries in Rovers' 44-18 win at Bradford Bulls last week and admits it was a relief to get back in the team after being dropped.

"It was pretty hard to take but I saw it as a chance to get a bit more game-time," he told the club's match-day programme Rovers Review.

"Sometimes you've got to take a step back and try to work your way back in. It's all part of the game and the learning curve.

"Every player goes through good times and bad times and hopefully I've got through the bad spell now and I can start building back up.

"I've come back and I feel a bit more refreshed for the experience but it's definitely good to get back in with the boys again."

Hull KR dropped out of the top eight after suffering heavy back-to-back defeats by Castleford Tigers and Warrington Wolves but their win over the Bulls has breathed new life into their play-off campaign and they will climb above faltering Widnes Vikings with a win on Thursday.

"It is really close around eighth place so if we perform well and get a few wins together, the next few weeks could see us move up to fifth," said Rovers centre Craig Hall. "That's how tight it is."

Hull KR are guaranteed a bumper crowd for the club's annual charity fixture, which will raise funds for the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund, after ticket sales topped the previous best attendance for a visit from Huddersfield of 8,731 five years ago.