O'Donnell backs rotation policy
Huddersfield coach Nathan Brown has received support for his rotation policy as the Giants prepare to take on Warrington in Friday's Engage Super League table-topping clash at the Galpharm Stadium.
The wily Australian has tested the full depth of his squad, calling on 27 players in the first seven matches of the season, and last week rested five regulars, including captain Kevin Brown, for the visit of Wakefield.
Australian second rower Luke O'Donnell believes he has benefited from the week off, and said: "The body feels good. As well as the physical benefits, it freshens you up mentally. I'm eager to get back this week."
He added: "It's a bit of a luxury we have. We've lot of good young players coming through and Browny has been keen to give them a run early in the season which gives us confidence knowing that, if we do need to call on those guys, they are more than able to do the job."
Wigan are just two points behind but scrum half Thomas Leuluai admits the champions have yet to hit their straps as they prepare to meet Catalan Dragons at the DW Stadium.
"We've not been consistent so far this year," said Leuluai, whose side demonstrated their champion qualities by fighting back for a draw at Leeds in their last match. "We didn't play as well as we would have liked but we showed in the last 10 minutes that we're not far off."
St Helens look to make it four successive wins when they visit Crusaders but coach Royce Simmons says they are still searching for their best form.
"We are getting there but we have still a little way to go yet," he said. "You want to keep improving and searching for close to the perfect game. We are a long way from there yet but our efforts have been good and they are all playing for each other. There is a lot of real good team spirit."
Hull will be without former captain Sean Long for the visit of Bradford to the KC Stadium after he was handed a two-match ban as a result of his dismissal in last week's home defeat by Castleford.
That loss keeps the Black and Whites in the bottom four but Bulls coach Mick Potter will not be under-estimating them, and said: "I am expecting a 'backs-to-the-wall' performance from them."