GIANTS chief Nathan Brown believes his side’s big 46-6 Super League win at home to Harlequins 12 days ago will count for nothing when the sides do battle in the fourth round of the Challenge Cup at The Stoop tomorrow (3.00).
Huddersfield dominated that contest from start to finish, rattling up eight tries in the process.
But the Quins bounced back in emphatic style the following week to secure a 22-12 triumph over Hull FC.
That came just a fortnight after they had thrashed Warrington Wolves 60-8 at the same venue.
And those results were more than enough to convince Brown that the Quins will be a totally different proposition second time around.
“I’d love to think our win over them the other week would have a big bearing on tomorrow,” said Brown.
“But, to be honest, I don’t think it really matters now; it’s a totally different game for us.
“We did some really good things against them and, compared to how they had been playing, they probably didn’t do as well as they would have liked.
“They obviously came back and beat Hull at home last weekend and did well, so we know it is going to be a tough game.
“We know what’s required to beat them, we just need to go there and put it into practice, work hard for one another like we have been doing and give it a really good shot.
“If we think tomorrow is going to be anything like the Super League game, then some blokes are going to be in for a shock.
“Harlequins have a lot of quality in their side, and I don’t think they would have enjoyed what we did to them the other week.
“I’m sure they’ll want to try and get their own back if they possibly can this weekend.”
Although Quins have been impressive in winning their last two home games, the Giants will obviously be confident of winning on the road once again.
Last Friday’s 22-8 triumph at Wigan was Huddersfield’s eighth successive away win, stretching back to July last year.
And Brown is determined to see that highly impressive run continue.
“Things are obviously going really well away from home at the minute and we hope that continues,” he added.
“It shouldn’t really matter where you play. We try and put into practice the things we train to do and give ourselves a chance.
“But given the results we’ve been achieving away from home, it definitely means we’ll be travelling down there with confidence and eager to play.”
Brown’s 19-man squad has already made it clear there will be at least one change to the side that won at Wigan a week ago.
That’s because hooker David Faiumu has been rested – it is expected he will return for next Friday’s home Super League clash against Celtic Crusaders – and has been replaced by Shaun Lunt.
New Australian signing Liam Fulton has been included in the squad, although the prime reason for making the trip to the capital could be to give him more time to get to know his new teammates.
Several key Quins players are set to make their comeback from injury this weekend.
Luke Williamson is available for selection after recovering from an injury he picked up in February playing against his former club, Manly Sea Eagles.
Chad Robinson, Will Sharp and Matt Gafa also return to the squad after missing out on last weekend’s Hull win.