RISING Huddersfield Giants star Joe Wardle believes completing the double against Wigan would be another sign the Giants are becoming the real Super League deal.
Huddersfield face the Warriors at the Galpharm tonight (8.00) knowing victory would re-establish a two-point lead at the top of the table.
A home win would also help the Giants complete a first League double over Wigan since 2005, with coach Nathan Brown’s men having secured a shock 20-16 triumph at the DW on opening day.
“I don’t think we could have asked for much more this season,” said the 20-year-old centre, whose side will face Warrington in the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup at the City of Salford Stadium on Sunday, July 15 (5.30).
“As a squad we’ve gelled really well, we’re playing some good rugby and everything seems to be falling into place.
“And beating Wigan again tonight would be another very important step for us, because they’re a quality side and have been improving as the season’s gone on.
“To make the next step as a club, we need to keep going and win something, which I know we’re now more than capable of doing.
“If we play to our potential and we stick to the gameplan, we know we can beat any side in the competition, and that obviously includes Wigan. A win tonight could prove very significant indeed.”
Wardle’s consistent performances have earned praise from the head coach, which he admits have boosted his confidence.
“It’s great to hear things like that, although I’ve got the team to thank a lot for my performances,” said the England Knights player.
“To be honest, I’m just happy to be playing for a side that’s doing so well. It’s fantastic!”