7th April 2018, 10:04 | Huddersfield

Thorman wary of Tigers backlash

Thorman wary of Tigers backlash

Huddersfield Giants interim coach Chris Thorman is hoping another West Yorkshire derby will again bring out the best in his side as they prepare to face Castleford Tigers at the John Smith’s Stadium.

A vastly understrength Giants held Betfred Super League champions Leeds Rhinos to a 22-22 draw in Thorman’s first match in charge and, after conceding a 27-6 away defeat to Catalans Dragons in their second Easter fixture, Thorman is happy to be back at home.

Castleford have won their last five meetings with Huddersfield but they go into Sunday’s game on the back of a surprise home defeat to Warrington Wolves.

“I’m expecting a bit of a reaction from Castleford,” Thorman said. “We’re very wary of the threat that they pose.

“But we need to focus on upping our game and bringing our best performance before we worry about the opposition.

“We had a real reaction against Leeds and I thought the fans were great, we gave them something to cheer about.

“We need to tap into that energy and emotion and get the same buy-in that we got against Leeds. If we do that, then we’ve got a chance.”

Castleford coach Daryl Powell insists he will not be underestimating the Giants, who are in danger of becoming entrenched in the bottom four.

He said: “They responded really well against Leeds over Easter. They’ll be coming after us at home.

“For us we can’t worry about what Huddersfield do, ultimately it is about what we do as we look to improve. It’s an interesting challenge but it is one we’re looking forward to.”

Powell is set to bring back the former Giants duo of Greg Eden and Joe Wardle, while Huddersfield are still down to the “bare bones”, according to Thorman, who has not given up hope of having the influential Danny Brough back from injury.

“Danny is in a boot at the moment with a bad ankle strain but we’re going to check him on Saturday and will make a late call,” Thorman said.

“He’s a bit of a freak of nature when it comes to injuries. When you think he’s going to be out for a month he’s out for a week. I’ve never really come across anyone like him before.”

Thorman handed debuts to 17-year-old twins Louis and Innes Senior over Easter and says he would not hesitate to play both against the Tigers.

“I thought they were fantastic,” he added. “I thought Louis was really composed against Leeds considering it was his first Super League outing.

“I thought it was a much tougher ask for Innes, travelling to France on the day to make his debut and I’m not going to be critical of either of them as they both put their hand up.

“They’re both physically ready to play Super League and I think that as a coach that’s the first thing you look at when you’re giving a 17-year-old his debut.

“I like them a lot, they’re good kids who keep their heads down and their feet on the ground.”

In Sunday’s other West Yorkshire derby, Wakefield Trinity will be seeking to halt a four-match losing run when they host Leeds.