Paul Anderson knows his Huddersfield Giants will have to step up a gear to guarantee home play-off success against Hull FC on Thursday night.

Huddersfield’s home 22-8 qualifying semi-final defeat to Wigan and Hull’s 14-4 elimination play-off triumph over Catalan Dragons at the KC Stadium mean the two clubs will lock horns at the John Smith’s Stadium.

 

The winners will progress to the last four and face an away trip to either Warrington Wolves or Wigan Warriors for the right to battle it out for a place in the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday, October 5.

But for the losers, it’s the end of their season.

And Anderson is determined to make sure his newly-crowned Super League minor champions don’t end their home campaign on a bitterly disappointing note and, instead, make it three wins out of three against Hull FC in 2013.

“This will be our last home game of the season, and we obviously want to sign off on the right note,” said Anderson, whose side beat the Airlie Birds 24-10 at the John Smith’s in March and completed the double with a hard-fought 22-16 away triumph in July.

“But we know that in Hull we face another big challenge.

“We’ve been involved in two good, physical games with them this season, and we don’t expect Thursday to be any different.

“But this week is all about us and what we do, not what Hull do.

“After saving one of our worst performances for some time for the game against Wigan, we know we can’t afford another repeat.

“We have to step up and get back to playing the way we have done for so much of the season to lift the League Leaders Shield. This has been a massive year for us, but no-one is ready for it to end just yet.”