The challenge of taking on top of the table Hull FC might just be what Huddersfield Giants need according to caretaker coach Andy Kelly.
Kelly has warned that the Giants need to find some good form and fast as they appear to be heading into Super League’s Middle 8s and a fight for their top flight survival.
Defeat at home at the hands of the Airlie Birds at the John Smith’s Stadium on Thursday night will all but mathematically consign the Giants to a survival fight, but Kelly is hoping his team will rise to the challenge of matching Hull’s table-topping qualities.
“Hull in are in fine form at the moment,” said Kelly, who admitted that the game against Lee Radford’s men could be his last as stand-in coach.
“We all came in for training on Saturday and Sunday and we know that we will have to work hard against Hull.
“But just at the moment it might just be the game that we need to lift our form – it could prove to be the best place to start.”
Kelly is to check on the progress of centre Joe Wardle (knee), prop Sam Rapira (shoulder) and Scott Grix who all took knocks in the 28-16 Challenge Cup quarter-final reversal at the hands of Wakefield Trinity.
If they are added to the casualty list then Kelly’s resources will be stretched.
However, Kelly said: “You can offer up the injuries we have as an excuse.
“However, that does not really get you anywhere and in a contact sport it is something that is going to happen.
“What we have to do is manage that situation.”
While Kelly expects to be relived of his duties with the first team soon, no decision has yet been made the club who are believed to have received over 20 applications – the latest two names being linked being former Great Britain and Bradford chief Brian Noble and Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield.