CARETAKER coach Paul Anderson would love to see his upbeat Giants finish off the wounded Rhino!
Huddersfield head to Super League champions Leeds Rhinos tonight on the back of Sunday’s thrilling 25-24 home triumph over Bradford Bulls.
That’s put Huddersfield in excellent heart ahead of a Headingley showdown against a Rhinos side who have lost three of their last four top-flight fixtures.
Unfortunately, the Giants are still lacking the services of four senior men through injury in Eorl Crabtree (finger), David Hodgson (chest), Jamahl Lolesi (shoulder) and John Skandalis (knee).
But Anderson is still confident that if his side can build on Sunday’s thrilling victory over the Bulls, they will not be too far away tonight.
“Matches obviously don’t come much bigger or much tougher than Leeds away,” said Anderson.
“And even though they’ve lost one or two games in recent weeks that doesn’t make them any less of a threat.
“They are a team full of top-quality internationals, and you know that it’s only a matter of time before they get back to winning ways.
“It’s our task to make sure we make that recovery as difficult as possible. We are very wary of the threat from the wounded Rhino, but this is our chance to try and kill them off.
“Obviously, we’ve still got one or two players on the sidelines, but we have complete confidence in the side that will take to the field.
“We were without several key players against Bradford last weekend and everyone stood up to be counted.
“So we fully expect the same thing to happen again tonight.
“In the absence of (props) Eorl and Skando, Keith Mason, Paul Jackson, Darrell Griffin and Andy Raleigh all stepped up and did excellent jobs, and they will need to back that up with something similar against Leeds.
“As always, it’s going to be down to the forwards to lay a solid platform, and if they can do that again, they’ll give ourselves the best possible chance.
“But what’s also vital is that we show a similar doggedness to that which was on display against Bradford. If we do that it should be a good contest.”