Giants to walk tall

  • By: Ian Millward
  • Last Updated: February 15 2013, 19:32 GMT

Obviously I was delighted with last week's win over Leeds. I was really pleased for the fans and the players. We've spoken at length about trying to become a team who can be competitive for 80 minutes in every game and for me the result was a fair reflection of the match.

Millward: Fancies Huddersfield against Wigan
Millward: Fancies Huddersfield against Wigan

I was disappointed afterwards that all the talk was about Rangi Chase's tackle and there comes a time where some acknowledgement has to be made of our performance and the significance of beating world club champions.

This week we travel to face Bradford and it promises to be a very interesting game. We are without Chase who has been in great form on the back of a fantastic off season and he's big loss but we're bringing in a new half in Gareth O'Brien who's a terrific young player.

It will be interesting to see how much last week's game against Leeds took out of us, it was extremely tough, and we have plenty of respect for Bradford. It's just a case of again working hard as a team, doing the little things right, and trying to come out on top.

Here are my thoughts on the rest of the weekend's action:

Huddersfield v Wigan (-4)
The Giants have been impressive in their first two games - but so have Wigan. The Warriors still have some players out, notably Harrison Hansen but the young guys have stood up really well, especially against Warrington last week. Wigan have a good record at the John Smith's Stadium but I'm going to take the Giants to win here - especially with the start. I like they way they are playing at the moment - very direct in attack - and last week's win over London will have taken very little out of them.

Verdict: Huddersfield could edge it and have to be call with the start

Hull KR v Widnes (+8)
This is a tough one. Widnes' first two games were very good - winning at London and a close loss to Saints. In contrast Hull KR struggled but have key personnel out - and I can't see it improving until they return. On form Widnes are the team to be with. Hull KR are often a different proposition at home but were scratchy in front of their own fans against Catalans and with a good attitude Widnes can win with the start.

London v Wakefield (+4)
London failed to compete at Huddersfield last week but had Craig Gower out and are a completely different side with him in it. He's expected back this week. That said the return of Andy Raleigh and Tim Smith had a huge impact on Wakefield last week as they beat Hull KR after a disastrous first match at Bradford. I think they're the better side here and despite a somewhat indifferent record in the capital I'll take Wakefield to win the game - so with four start they are the choice.

Verdict: Wakefield could win this so have to be choice with start


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