CONFIDENT Giants coach Jon Sharp believes the return of rested duo Darren Fleary and Paul Reilly could make all the difference to his side's bid to beat Wigan at the McAlpine on Sunday (3.00).
The inspirational Super League pair were left out of the Huddersfield side that beat York City Knights 50-12 to reach the Powergen Challenge Cup semi-final at the weekend.
But Sharp has confirmed they will return to the starting line-up on Sunday as the Giants look to make it three Super League wins out of four.
And he believes that with Reilly and Fleary back in the frame, Huddersfield's hopes of beating Wigan at home for a second successive season have been greatly increased.
"Darren and Paul are players who always put their bodies on the line and never give anything less than 100%," said Sharp.
"As a result, they have been carrying niggly little injuries, with rest the only sure-fire way of clearing them up.
"That was the reason they were left out last weekend and, luckily, because of the quality of players I had coming in to replace them, it didn't affect the way we played.
"And the rest has done them a power of good. They both came in to training on Monday morning with an extra spring in their step and are fresh and raring to go this weekend.
"With these two in such great shape, our chances of beating Wigan have definitely been improved."
Although Wigan at home is a massive game for the Giants, the pre-match build-up has played second fiddle to the draw for the semi-final of Powergen Challenge Cup.
That took place on Tuesday night when the Giants were paired with Sharp's former club St Helens. The game is at Warrington on Sunday, April 25 (3.15).
But Sharp believes the Cup fever is being kept under control inside the Giants camp.
"Obviously, a lot of the external talk has been about the Challenge Cup. That's only natural," added Sharp.
"But internally all the focus has been on this Sunday's home game against Wigan.
"I got a good feel from the players when I met them for training on Monday morning and that's continued throughout the week.
"We're obviously delighted to still be involved in the Cup, but the main focus has been on improving on the way we played in the second half against York. We were all disappointed by that and we want to put it right."