FORMER favourite Stanley Gene still believes the Giants can make this season’s Super League play-offs.
The Papua New Guinea Test ace is still hoping to play for Hull KR at the Galpharm on Sunday as the 34-year-old struggles to overcome a leg injury.
But if he does make the line-up he knows his side faces a very tough test, and that backing up last week’s 42-22 Challenge Cup triumph over the Giants can’t be taken for granted.
“If you look at the final scoreline, it looked as if it was fairly comfortable for us,” said Gene.
“But that couldn’t have been further from the truth.
“Last Sunday was a very hard and physical game.
“We needed to produce some good stuff to beat them and, fortunately, we did.
“But if we don’t produce something similar this weekend, Huddersfield could have us.
“Because I had such a fantastic five years at the club, I always watch out for their results, and I’m disappointed to see where they are in the League table.
“But I now know from personal experience that they don’t play like a team that’s second bottom.
“They are a very dangerous side to face, as they showed against when they built up that early 12-0 lead, and we had to work extremely hard to get back at them.
“There’s no doubt they have the quality to still make it into the top six by the end of the season, and I would be delighted if they did, although not at the expense of Rovers, of course!
“I’ve still got some great friends over at Huddersfield, and I’m really grateful for my time in the town.
“I still keep in touch with a lot of people connected with the club, and only the other week Stuart Greaves organised an event for my testimonial in Huddersfield.
“A lot of my former teammates turned up for me that night, including some of the current squad, and I can’t thank everyone enough for their support.
“As I said, I had a great time at the Giants, and I dearly hope they come good – after Sunday.”