GIANTS chief Jon Sharp believes his players will relish taking on Hull FC in the club’s first Super League play-off clash at the KC Stadium on Saturday (7.00).
Despite finishing the regular season with a dramatic 25-24 defeat at Hull KR, Huddersfield finished fifth in the League ladder, above Wigan only on points difference (by one).
That means the Giants travel to fourth-placed Hull, while the Warriors are at third-placed Bradford Bulls on Friday night.
Yet even though Hull go into this weekend’s clash with the Giants on the back of an away win at Leeds and home success over Bradford, Sharp remains confident his players will be up for the challenge.
“We thoroughly intend to enjoy the next couple of weeks and being in the play-offs for the first time,” said Sharp.
“We now know it’s Hull away, and I always enjoy going there. It’s the place where I had 11 great years as a player.
“But next week obviously isn’t just about me, it’s about all of us at Huddersfield Giants.
“And I know all the boys are looking forward to facing Hull.
“The KC Stadium is a superb venue and it will be a fantastic occasion. I know we will need to be better than we were against Hull KR on Saturday night, and we will.
“I didn’t feel we were on the money like we have been for the past few weeks. We didn’t have the same attention to detail, but we will put that right.
“Yes, it’s disappointing to lose, but we’ve still reached the play-offs for the first time and managed to finish fifth, which was our objective going in.
“And I genuinely believe a tough game like the one we had on Saturday will stand us in good stead for next week.”