Huddersfield Giants skipper Danny Brough is demanding his side produce their best display of the season and mount a successful Challenge Cup raid on Leeds Rhinos on Saturday.
The sixth-round Headingley showdown against the Super League leaders holds the prize of a place in the quarter-finals and the chance to showcase Paul Anderson’s Giants to a national BBC TV audience.
“You have got to be at your best and beat the best to win the Challenge Cup – and that’s what we’re looking to do,” said Brough, whose kicking game could hold the key to victory.
“Leeds have got a great pack and they like to play quickly around the ruck.
“They have a decent kicking game, too, so we have to start really well.
“We have got to be at our best if we are going to win, and that’s how it is in the Cup. You have to be at your best in each round if you are going to win it.”
The Giants will be backed by a large and noisy band of fans and Brough doesn’t want to let them down.
“Headingley is a good place to play, the atmosphere is really good and our fans will be there in force,” he said.
“We need to be out there playing for them and enjoying it, and that’s what we have to do. If we do that then hopefully we can pick up the victory.”
Both sides have been able to up the ante for the 2.30pm kick-off as Ryan Hall returns for the Rhinos after a five-match absence (hand injury) and out-of-favour captain Kevin Sinfield is back in the 19 for head coach Brian McDermott’s side.
Giants head coach Paul Anderson welcomes back Brett Ferres, meanwhile, after six weeks on the sidelines suffering an ankle injury. Luke Robinson is also back after a back injury.
The draw for the last eight of the Ladbrokes sponsored competition will be made on Sunday afternoon.