HE MAY have helped destroy the Huddersfield Giants at the weekend, but Paul Jackson will be cheering them all the way to Wembley on Sunday.
The 33-year-old was part of the Castleford Tigers side who hammered his former Giants teammates 52-6 in the Super League at Wheldon Road, but the forward is confident that Huddersfield can come bouncing right back.
The Giants take on Warrington Wolves in the Challenge Cup semi-final at the City of Salford Stadium on Sunday (5.30) arguably as underdogs after they fell at Cas while the Wolves beat Catalan Dragons 15-6.
However, Jackson – who played in the Giants side that was beaten 25-16 by Warrington in the Wembley final of 2009 – thought Huddersfield had come up against a Castleford side with a few points to prove.
“We had a good gameplan for Sunday’s match,” explained Jackson, who has announced that he will be leaving the Tigers when his current contract runs out at the end of the season.
“We have had our share of controversy off the field of late at Castleford, and we knew we needed to put something together as we have been struggling for a bit with our form.
“We just took the attitude that we had to take care of our game – and I think Jamie Ellis also made a big difference for us.”
Castleford’s new signing Ellis, who had joined in midweek on a permanent basis from Hull, kicked ten goals and added a try as the Giants struggled to contain the Tigers, but Jackson thought his former club had the resolve to test the Wolves.