Danny Brough

If you ask Paul Anderson about his side’s win against Wigan, who were without star fullback Sam Tomkins, one of the best English players in rugby league, he would say that it had no bearing whatsoever on the game.

It was a tremendous display from the Giants, who at one stage were down 10-0, before some steely resolve in defence and some spirited attack, saw them take the lead and never relinquish it, as they maintained their unbeaten start to the season.

“Sam’s a great player but I don’t want his absence to take away from the spectacle, whether we win, lose or draw,” Anderson said.

“It was a great game and Sam being there would have only added to it. He wasn’t, so you’ve got to give credit to the 34 blokes who were out there.

“It was played tough by two very good teams. It was the sort of game we needed to make sure we actually believe in the things we are putting in place. It was a real arm wrestle. It wasn’t pretty but who cares if you win it?

“The amount of pressure that was applied to us and our calmness under it was a credit to their belief in each other and also the conditioning. We had one play-the-ball in the last 11 sets.”

“Wigan are a great team and this gives us a helluva lot of belief going forward. There is massive room for improvement in this group. I am not going to get carried away by three wins. My thoughts are now on Wakefield next week and the improvements we can make.”

Tomkins, who failed to recover from a shoulder injury sustained in last week’s clash, obviously did not play – but Wigan coach Shaun Wane refused to use that as an excuse for his side’s loss.

“Any team would miss someone like Sam but there are no excuses. We came here expecting to win and I thought we had the game plan to win.

“We played well in parts but you have to commend Huddersfield. They played well. Paul has done a great job and I’m really pleased for him, being an Englishman as well.

“I thought their defence was outstanding because we did throw a lot at them. For them to hold us out for so long, was outstanding. Overall, the best team won. Their defence on the line was better than ours. They’re the form team of the comp. They had a great game plan but I see it as a missed opportunity.”

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