May 5 2012
Huddersfield aim to reclaim top spot in Stobart Super League on Saturday evening but coach Nathan Brown knows they must overcome arguably their toughest test of the season when they take on Catalan Dragons in Perpignan.
The Dragons, just four points behind the Giants with a game in hand, are unbeaten this year at Stade Gilbert Brutus and Brown knows how tough it is to win there, having seen his side go down 13-12 there last season.
"Catalan have their own unique style of play," he said. "They have a different philosophy on how the game is played and they have caught the attention of many people in the past. They have a physical and committed pack that isn't just straight up and down. They have good footwork, are able to offload the ball and kick on. They can play a bit of footy."
He added: "They have a game in hand and, if they win, it puts them on 18 points. It speaks of how consistent they have been this season.
"We haven't played them yet this year so it will be a good test for us to see how we are going."
After going on a six-match winning run earlier in the season, Hull will look to arrest a three-game losing streak when they host Leeds.
Coach Peter Gentle has targeted a big improvement in his side's defence after conceding 98 points in their last two fixtures.
"As a group we have been very disappointed with our defence over the past few matches and that is something we must put right against a very good Leeds team," he said.
"They are not world champions for nothing and they will punish every mistake we make so we have to be on our game and willing to work hard for each other.
"Defensively, we have let ourselves down recently and we have gone away from that has been working for us. It is something that we have spoken about at training and I am confident people will see a much better defensive display from us."