HULL coach Peter Sharp believes Sunday’s KC Stadium clash against the Giants is a fixture between two clubs in false positions.
The last competitive game between the sides in Hull was last season’s Super League play-off game in September, which the hosts won 22-16.
But when the sides meet again this weekend, Hull start in 11th position and the Giants in 10th.
But Sharp, pictured left, is convinced that by the end of the season it will be a totally different matter.
“This is an important game for both clubs but I’m only looking at us and we know how important a win is to us,” said Sharp.
“I wouldn’t say it was a must-win game, but I feel it is a game we certainly need to win.
“We have shown improvements in our last few matches and we’re also beginning to get more players back on the training field as well as in the team.
“I believe we have a lot of wins left in us this season and we’ll be looking for a start at the weekend.
“Make no mistakes, though, this is a tough game for us because I rate Huddersfield and I believe they, like us, are in a false position.
“Jon Sharp has put together a good squad and, although they haven’t hit their straps as yet, I am sure they will, and I also believe they are capable of climbing up the ladder into a top-six place.
“Their form might not be great right now but they will come to the KC having already beaten us at the Galpharm in March and they also won here in Paul King’s Testimonial game, which I understand they were delighted about.
“We’re going to have to play well to get the win we want out of this game.”
Hull go into Sunday’s contest on the back of their 42-5 Carnegie Challenge Cup triumph at Rochdale Hornets.
They also won their last Super League game, a 32-12 triumph at bottom club Castleford, and will this weeked welcome back Motu Tony, Euan Dowes and Richard Whiting following injury.
But they are still without Richard Horne (neck), Graeme Horne (thumb), Matt Sing (hand), Garreth Carvell (knee) and Paul King (foot).