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Tom Symonds wants Huddersfield Giants to take control of showdown

Australian second row sets sights on Middle 8s success at Hull KR

Giants pack star Tom Symonds is ready to take control at Hull KR’s Lightstream Stadium.

The Australian and his teammates face the Robins with both sides aware that a win ensures Super League status in 2017 – and avoid the ‘million pound game’.

And while the former Manly player is not well acquainted with promotion and relegation issues having played in the NRL – he is well aware just how high the stakes are.

When the 27-year-old second rower signed for the Giants he knew the club were already heading for the Middle 8s.

Huddersfield Giants' Tom Symonds in action Rugby League The Qualifiers Batley v Huddersfield 21/08/16 (Pic by John Rushworth)

Now they stand one win away from retaining their Super League status and the former Sydney Rooster, who was signed from the Sea Eagles in June, is just eager to get the job done.

“The fact is that getting the right outcome is still within our control – which is a big positive,” said Symonds.

“And the situation is straight-forward, it really is up to us.”

The ‘must-win’ scenario doesn’t faze Symonds, who returned to action in the 22-14 win over Leeds Rhinos last weekend after missing two games with a calf injury, and he thought the Giants were doing everything they could to ensure all the players involved were prepared for the showdown.

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“I guess everyone is well aware of what is at stake, they would be lying if they said they weren’t,” added Symonds.

“But it is all about getting the best performance out of the team.

“Everyone round the place has a different way of motivating themselves.

“Personally I just like to keep things normal and pretty steady and then look to play as well as I can.”

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