GIANTS coach Tony Smith is looking to the Huddersfield faithful to inspire his play-off chasing Super League side to victory over Widnes Vikings at the McAlpine Stadium on Sunday (5.30).
Smith's side go into this weekend's big clash aiming for a sixth successive home win, which would keep alive their hopes of finishing in Super League's top six.
In the Giants' last three home games they have beaten top-five sides Leeds, Wigan and Hull and will be confident of toppling a main rival for a top six spot on Sunday.
Injuries to several key players will make that task harder, but Smith believes the McAlpine faithful can play a key role in helping inspire his patched-up side to one of their most important wins.
"The boys are looking forward to getting back to the McAlpine again this weekend," said Smith.
"We like to think we play well, whether we're at home or away, but our form at the McAlpine in the last few months has been particularly impressive.
"And the fans take some credit for that.
"The way they've been getting behind the boys has been nothing short of sensational and it really does inspire them.
"The McAlpine is one of the best stadiums in which to play rugby league, and the boys are buzzing at the prospect of getting back there this weekend and having the fans right behind them.
"We're doing it tough on the injury front at the moment and the supporters could make a really big difference."
Smith received a big boost at the beginning of the week with the news that Paul Reilly definitely plays after recovering from an ankle injury which kept him out of the side which suffered a 30-16 defeat at Bradford Bulls.
He is also hopeful of welcoming back fellow Bradford absentees Jamie Bloem (groin) and Marcus St Hilaire (back), while Iain Morrison has been cleared to play after a heavy head knock at the Bulls.
But scrum half Paul March (ribs) and Jonathan Grayshon (broken leg) are both missing after picking up injuries during the same game.