RISING star Joe Wardle is confident the Giants can produce a top Super League show against Leeds Rhinos on Sunday and finally create some momentum to take into the play-offs.
Huddersfield host the World Club champions at the John Smith’s Stadium this weekend desperate to return to winning ways.
After beating Catalan Dragons and Salford, the Giants lost at home to Bradford Bulls in their last home game before suffering a 54-6 thrashing at Warrington Wolves on Sunday.
A play-off spot has already been secured, with a trip to Hull FC the following week having been pencilled in.
But Wardle knows a top display against the Rhinos in the Giants’ final home game of the season would increase their confidence ahead of Super League’s traditional end-of-season knockout showdown.
“To get a good performance ahead of the play-offs would be massive. It’s vital to get a good performance behind you,” said Wardle, who returned to action four weeks ago after being sidelined for 10 weeks with a serious abdominal and groin injury.
“Its like starting a season all over again, so a win against Leeds would get us going again ahead of the play-offs.
“We’re all geared up for this one, we’ve been up and down in form but hopefully we can sort that out and finally get a good performance behind us.
“From then on it will be a five-game comp, so we’ve just got to beat Leeds and then continue to knock teams out on a week-by-week basis and start to push for that Grand Final.”
But the 20-year-old centre admits a massive improvement is required if the Giants are going to make a positive impression.
“We had a pretty good first half at Warrington last week and it was quite close, so when we went in at half time we were quite happy,” he added.
“If we can carry on that first half and put it into a full 80 minutes then we should do well this weekend.
“We’re just focused on playing our own game, we know we can beat anyone on our day so we are just looking to knock the errors and the penalties out and then we will put ourselves in good stead to pull out a performance against Leeds.”
Wardle also received a welcome boost at the start of the week when he was named once again in the England Knights squad.
That eased some of the pain that was being felt within the club at the loss of recent form, although the worrying spell hasn’t lessened his desire to remain a Giant for as long as possible.
“I’ve got no plans to go anywhere else,” continued Wardle. “I’ve got a few years left here so hopefully I can knock them out and get a new deal after that. At least that’s the plan.
“And that thought hasn’t changed, even though we’ve experienced a very tough few months. It’s a fantastic place to be.”
Wardle’s hopes of seeing the Giants end their home campaign on a high have been increased with the news several senior players who missed the Warrington defeat are available.
Danny Brough and Luke George are back after illness, while David Faiumu (finger), Jermaine McGillvary (ankle) and Luke O’Donnell (hamstring) are set to return after injury.
All are in line to feature.