LEEDS Rhinos chief Tony Smith is ready for the Giants to provide his side with a massive Super League challenge in Sunday's big Headingley opener (3.00).
The former Huddersfield coach knows his Rhinos go into this weekend's fixture as clear favourites to triumph.
But after watching the Giants' senior side in pre-season action against Bradford, Castleford and Wigan, he is taking nothing for granted.
"I've watched all three games on video, and I was very impressed," admitted Smith, who signed a one-year contract extension to remain at Headingley until the end of 2007 earlier in the week.
"When they had their strongest side on the field they were extremely competitive. They showed real fighting spirit.
"It's pretty clear they have added quality players to their squad and now boast genuine competition for places.
"So we know it's going to be a tough match for us, but it's one we're looking forward to.
"We'll come into the game on the back of our best pre-season ever. I've never seen a team going about its business in the way it has.
"It's been a highly enjoyable time, and after the disappointment of losing in last season's Grand Final we're looking forward to getting back onto the field.
"I think it's going to be a great game."
Smith's Rhinos go into this weekend's contest with a clean bill of health.
And, apart from prop Jim Gannon (knee), Sharp is in a similar situation.