Manchester Giants star Austin Rettig says this weekend’s games at Leeds and Cheshire are must wins.

Rettig and his team-mates travel across the Pennines to face the Force on Friday, with both teams searching for their first wins of the season.

There is then another short trip on Sunday, when the Giants head to Ellesmere Port to take on Cheshire Phoenix.

Rettig told the official BBL website: “Both games [this weekend] are must wins for us,” Giants’ Austin Rettig.

“Against Leeds, we feel that the game will come down to our defensive principles and making sure we are battling for all 40 minutes.

“We must focus on keeping Cheshire’s guards out of the paint and forcing contested shots.

“With the new additions to the team, we believe both games are ours to take.”

Leeds have won nine of the 10 meetings between the two teams in the BBL, including the last seven.

Last season, Giants faced Phoenix four times, winning once.