IN-FORM Giants scrum half Paul March is warning his teammates to be ready for the rough stuff when they face top French side Pia in tomorrow's fourth-round clash at the McAlpine Stadium (3.00).
The 24-year-old has faced French opposition before when he played for Wakefield Trinity in the Treize Tournoi in 1998.
March's Wildcats suffered two defeats to Villeneuve and narrowly beat Limoux on two occasions.
But what made the biggest impression on the Giants star was the French approach to the game, something he expects to see repeated tomorrow.
"You always know that when you play the French it's going to be tough," said March, who has been named in the official Super League Team of the Week for his performance in the 26-22 triumph over Castleford a week ago.
"They are masters at trying to put you off your game, and you always know they'll be niggling away.
"That's particularly the case if they believe they are up against a better team which, with all due respect, is the way it should be tomorrow.
"So, the key against Pia will be to keep our composure and not let their tactics get the better of us.
"What we need to do is concentrate on our own game and not worry about what the French might be throwing at us."
Despite the cold snap, the tie will definitely go ahead, but this afternoon's Giants Senior Academy game against Wigan has been postponed.
* Huddersfield Rugby Union Club's home game against Aspatria was postponed because of frost and the Powergen North I match has been re-scheduled for next Saturday.