Despite moving into first position on the ladder after a 48-32 win over a spirited Castleford Tigers side, Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson has threatened to wield the axe on his players, disappointed with their second-half effort.
With their next game coming up against Salford, the Giants coach played no games with his threat to swing the axe, left fuming with how his side let Castleford back into the game.
“We showed some real intent in the first half and wanted to put down a marker. It didn’t matter who we were playing. It was all about what we did,” said Anderson.
“But the second half was disgraceful. I’d said at half-time we have to have the mentality that the game is 0-0.
“We kept trying to score instead of playing sets and putting the pressure on Castleford. Too many players thought they were working hard when they weren’t.”
With potential changes looming, Anderson did praise Castleford, however, for the way they bounced back in the game.
“It’s good to have the Viagra win. But we won’t stay top of Super League for long if we keep playing like that,” said Anderson.
“It will be interesting tomorrow. This certainly throws open team selection for the next game. Fair play to Castleford for their second half, though. They played well.”
With a poor first-half on their behalf, Castleford coach Daryl Powell had to be stern with the players at the break and was pleased that they took it in their stride and performed better as the game went on.
“I had some frank words with the players and they took it on the chin,” said Powell.
“In the first half we had only half the sets. You can’t compete under those circumstances. But we showed an attitude change at half-time.
“We scored enough points to win a game. When we were eight points behind I thought the comeback was on.
“We were easily the best side in the second half, but we left ourselves with too much to do. There’s some key lessons to be learned.”