Giants buoyant ahead of Saints clash

Rick Stone is eager for Huddersfield to continue their recent good form when they host St Helens on Friday.

The Giants head into the game on the back of two impressive victories over Warrington and Catalan and Stone wants more of the same this weekend.

“It is an important game considering there’s no other Super League team playing for competition points this weekend,” he told the club’s official website.

“Our outlook is to build on our last few weeks – the boys are pretty healthy and are keen to have a crack. If we continue to play how we have the last few weeks then we’ll have a good chance.”

Jake Mamo was the star of show with four tries against the French side last weekend and Stone has been impressed with impact the Australian is having on his team.

“Jake has found a niche for not only scoring tries but for being so organised at the back which is really important,” he added. “There’s some talk and brilliant spirit which is nice to see.

“He’s a busy guy. He’s energetic, always wants to get involved in the game and when we have the ball he’s a threat. When he doesn’t have the ball he’s nice and loud and he gets the blokes to move for him.

“He has some urgency in his voice which helps that process. When he was a young bloke he used to sit behind Kurt Gidley and learn from there, but he’s young and not played a heap at first grade. He’s a smart kid and is learning quickly.”

Mamo has now scored 12 tries in last eight games but he insists team success is more important to him than personal glory.

“Honestly, I don’t care – we won,” he said. “It means nothing to me – it’s more important that we’re winning games.

“We’ve taken confidence out of the last two weeks and we’ve been building for probably six to eight weeks now, so we’ve got to take that confidence into the game against St Helens but definitely not get ahead of ourselves.

“Stick to the plan, stick to what’s been working and hopefully make a contest.

“Once again it’s the old cliche, one week at a time. Try and do a job against St Helens this week and then look forward to the week after that.”

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