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Paul Sculthorpe says Super League side lack confidence as “mavericks” not performing to their best

There were huge expectations around Huddersfield Giants this season.

The signing of Jake Connor was one of many that had fans believing they would only kick on from where they were last year but the Giants have lost a number of close games perhaps due to a lack of points.

This led to Paul Sculthorpe raising this question about the Giants on the Last Tackle:

“They’ve got so many mavericks in that side. You look at Will Pryce, Tui Lolohea and Jake Connor who are individually good players and can win matches on their own, but can they do it week in week out?”

He went on to suggest that they don’t have the confidence at the moment:

“I think that’s a sign of confidence as well. I remember watching one of their games and I think they were losing by four and they got a penalty and they kicked the goal.

“Losing by four or losing by two there’s no difference. If you’re going to back yourself and you’ve got players that you’ve built a team on attacking flair then you’ve got to back yourself to score points.”

On this, Kevin Brown added: “Whenever you’re in the best sides or playing against the best sides you never even thought about taking the two. You had so much confidence.

“I think subconsciously when you’re being told to take the take the two this patient approach just isn’t working for them.

“They’ve got one of the best squads, they’re spending a lot of money on that squad and their attack is poor.

“From working with Watto personally it’s strange because I know how good an attacking coach he is. They’ve got really good attacking players, a really good attacking coach but it’s not working.”

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