FORMER Giants coach Tony Smith has warned his Leeds Rhinos to ignore the fact Huddersfield have left out six of their big guns for tonight's Super League clash at Headingley (8.00).
Smith has strengthened his own squad by including fit-again duo Keith Senior and Dave Furner, who missed the 44-0 Easter Monday win at Salford.
But even though opposite number Jon Sharp has left out Darren Fleary, Darren Turner, Stanley Gene, Paul March, Paul Reilly and Ben Roarty, Smith is expecting a big challenge.
"I'm not reading too much into the team Huddersfield are fielding, and I've told my players to do the same," said Smith.
"We know that whatever 17 are in the squad they will present us with a massive challenge.
"That's because I know with the excellent start they have made to the season confidence inside the Giants camp will be sky high and they'll be relishing the prospect of coming here.
"I know from my time as Giants coach how much the boys enjoy playing at Headingley, and a lot of those boys will play tonight.
"It was also clear to me that Huddersfield had made a quality appointment in Jon Sharp when they announced he was taking over from me at the end of last season, and that's been borne out by the start he's made.
"Knowing Jon as well as I do, he's a very sensible young coach and will have prepared his players very thoroughly for tonight.
"He's also wise enough to keep his feet and those of the players on the ground, so they won't be getting too carried away.
"They'll come here determined to be as strong and as professional as possible, and we all know at Leeds this will be a tough game."
Smith was due to give fitness tests to injured front-rowers Danny Ward and Ryan Bailey later today, although he wasn't over-confident the news would be positive.
For that reason, he has drafted 19-year-old prop Nick Scruton into the squad.
He has made just one Super League appearance - at Wigan last season - but did play against the Giants in Leeds' 26-0 pre-season win at Headingley.
Historically, Huddersfield have never had it easy at Leeds.
Super League's surprise packet, who have already turned the clock back 33 years by reaching the Challenge Cup semi-finals, will need to delve even further into the annals of history if they are to maintain their impressive start to their campaign.
Huddersfield's last victory at Headingley was by 12-9 in a Yorkshire Cup semi-final in 1960, since when Leeds have won all 19 Cup and League meetings on home soil.
The Giants' 30-24 home victory last season - their first over Leeds for 38 years - was masterminded by Smith, whose rampaging Rhinos are averaging over 40 points a game.
But Smith is looking for his side to build on their early-season performances, with the final scoreline of secondary importance
"We're nowhere near our peak yet," he added.
"It's great to be scoring points and to back that up with the best defensive record in the competition, but it's the team performance that interests me."
Leeds Rhinos: Mathers; Cummins, Senior, Walker, Bai; McGuire, Dunemann; Feather, Diskin, McDermott, McKenna, Furner, Sinfield. Subs: McDonald, Burrow, Poching, Scruton.
Huddersfield Giants: Cooper; O'Hare, Donlan, Bailey, St Hilaire; Costin, Penkywicz; Slicker, Joseph, Gannon, Morrison, Whittaker, Smith. Subs: Nero, Jones, Crabtree, Grayshon.
Referee: Russell Smith (Castleford).