No need to panic - Anderson

  • Last Updated: March 6 2014, 15:24 GMT

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson insists there is no need to panic as his faltering team prepare to face in-form Leeds at the John Smith's Stadium on Friday night.

Anderson: Won't panic after blowing leads in recent games
Anderson: Won't panic after blowing leads in recent games

Last year's table-toppers made a dream start to the 2014 First Utility Super League with a win at Wigan but they have taken just a point from their last two matches after frittering away handsome leads each time.

"There is no panic here," Anderson said. "We've lost one game, there are 24 to go.

"We know we are a good team, we just need to back ourselves and be confident in the things we can do."

The Rhinos have lost all five meetings with Huddersfield since enjoying a play-off success at the John Smith's Stadium in September 2011 but are on a high after winning their opening three matches, with England winger Tom Briscoe making an explosive start to his Leeds career with five tries.

Much has been made of Leeds' star-studded outside backs but Anderson reckons he has the players to match the likes of the England quartet of Briscoe, Ryan Hall, Kallum Watkins and Zak Hardaker.

"I'm confident some of ours are better than theirs," Anderson said. "We've got to focus more on us than the opposition.

"They've hit the ground running and it will be a good challenge for us but we're very confident in our team."

St Helens are expected to give a debut to Samoan heavyweight Mose Masoe as they look to maintain their perfect start to the season when Hull KR visit Langtree Park on Friday night.

The Robins have collected just a point from the first three rounds but they beat St Helens three times in 2013 and Saints coach Nathan Brown is wary of them, especially with front-row forwards Michael Weyman and Justin Poore returning from suspension.

"Hull KR are an interesting team," Brown said. "Their attack is really challenging and they test your defensive line. They ran Leeds close first up, got a draw at Huddersfield and then lost to Castleford after losing some players to bans.

"Those players will be back this week and the forwards are physical. I'm not sure the table reflects where they are going to end up. When they get going they play some great football."

In addition to Weyman and Poore, Hull KR coach Craig Sandercock is able to welcome back former Bradford forward Jamie Langley from concussion which more than offsets the loss of Jonny Walker with a knee injury.

"They're all raring to go and having three players of their experience available again is massive for us," Sandercock said. "We missed them last week and had a very inexperienced forward pack out there against Castleford which wasn't ideal."

Former Bradford forward Lee Radford is urging his Hull players to match the desperation of his old club as they seek to overturn their points deduction in Friday's clash at the KC Stadium.

The Bulls have won their last two matches, either side of being docked six points for going into administration, and Radford appreciates the punishment will have given them extra motivation.

"We've got as much desperation for these two points as they have and it's the acid test of everything we've been banging on about over the past few months in terms of consistency," the Hull head coach said.

"They've had a lot to deal with off the field but we're not spending time worrying about what's going on over there. The bottom line is that we need two points from this game and what motivates them is their issue."

Hull have suffered back-to-back defeats since starting the season with a win over Catalan Dragons but Bradford coach Francis Cummins knows they will be tough to beat at home.

"Saints and Warrington are tough places to go and I don't think they're that far away," Cummins said. "We've got to be a lot better than we have been in the last week or two to beat them."

Cummins will give debuts to loan signings Liam Sutcliffe and Greg Burke while Hull will give a first outing to former Wigan forward Chris Tuson.


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