EORL CRABTREE is confident a Super League clash at Warrington Wolves will help the Giants take their game to the next level.
Huddersfield made it six wins from seven Super League XVIII starts with the hard-fought 24-10 home triumph over Hull FC to move three points clear at the top.
That lead will come under serious threat when the Giants head to Warrington’s Halliwell Jones Stadium on Friday (8.00).
But Crabtree feels that’s just the test his side needs as they look to hit their best form of the season.
“After that great win at Leeds (32-8 10 days ago), we were unable to build on it with our performance against Hull,” conceded the England prop, pictured right in action against the Airlie Birds.
“That was a little disappointing, even though Hull deserve a great deal of credit for the way they played against us.
“There were some parts of our game the other day that were good, but there were others that weren’t so good.
“We know we can’t afford to play that way against Warrington, because if we do then they’ll beat us.
“But I think that’s the challenge we need right now.
“We need to start framing ourselves if we want to stay where we are.”
However, the 31-year-old isn’t complaining too much.
“It might not be perfect, but finding yourself three points clear isn’t that shabby,” he added.
“We still know we’ve got our best rugby to come, and we’re looking forward to that.
“There have already been a number of times this season when we haven’t played that well and we’ve ended up winning.
“This Hull game is one of those occasions, and we don’t want a repeat on Friday night.”