Brett Hodgson has looked ahead to this evening’s clash against Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium, and says he believes last week’s win over Toulouse can be the catalyst for success in the final few weeks of the season.
The Black & Whites will be aiming to make it consecutive wins on the road this evening when they travel to West Yorkshire, as Hodgson’s side remain in the hunt for a play-off spot with six regular season games remaining.
Looking ahead to this evening’s game, Hodgson said: “It’s going to be tough. They play a very similar type of style week in week out.
“We are aware of what their strengths are and what we need to do defensively to combat that. We have to make sure that we’re completing high and turning them around and getting them off their try line.”
“They are a team that tries to grind out a victory. They’ve got some individuals that can hurt you and a couple of trick plays up their sleeve. We need to make sure we throw our own stuff at them and ask enough questions.”
And Hodgson believes that last week’s victory over Toulouse in the South of France can be a catalyst for success in the final few weeks of the season.
“It can be a catalyst for what we’re trying to do at the end of the year if we’re willing to work hard enough at the start of the game.
“We’ve had moments this year where we’ve got that balance wrong. What we saw against Toulouse was a spirited performance and one that was built on desire and a bit of resilience around our defending. We can use that to get momentum in the next couple of games.
“It was tough going down to Toulouse so we respected what we had to do down there and that showed in our performance.”
Looking ahead, Hodgson added: “We’ve got our plans for where we are going. At times you need to suffer a little bit of hurt for that and decisions need to be made through the season to make sure that we’re continuing to progress in the right direction.
“That’s what our focus is. Ultimately there are certain games where we haven’t been good enough and that’s disappointing but at the same time we’re trying to improve every week and we’ve got six weeks now to be as good as we can be.”