Excited Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson can’t wait to prove the critics wrong once again and guide the Giants to a first Grand Final appearance.
Minor Super League XVIII champions Huddersfield head to Warrington Wolves on Thursday night (8.00) in the Qualifying Semi-Final after being picked by their hosts in yesterday’s ClubCall.
Victory for the Giants at the Halliwell Jones Stadium would book them a place in the Old Trafford Grand Final on Saturday, October 5 against either Wigan Warriors or Leeds Rhinos, who clash in the second semi-final at the DW Stadium on Friday night.
With Warrington having beaten Huddersfield in their last eight meetings, the Wolves will be viewed by many as the favourites to secure a second successive Grand Final appearance.
And if the Giants are being written off, Anderson would be delighted.
“This is another game where we’ll be written off and given no chance, and that suits us fine,” said Anderson.
“I’ve lost count of the number of times this year where people have been expecting us to fail and we’ve proved them wrong. It’s been a good source of motivation.
“And we’re looking forward to this being the case again at Warrington on Thursday and then, hopefully, next Saturday at Old Trafford.
“Even though we’ve just lifted the League Leaders Shield, I can understand why Warrington picked us. We’ve far less experience of playing at this stage of the competition than Leeds (the other team Warrington could have chosen as their opponents) and we’ve also not got the best of recent records against them.
“But that recent record doesn’t bother us at all. The difference between then and now is that we go to Warrington on Thursday as winners, and with a winners’ mentality.
“During the course of the season we’ve proved to be the best and most consistent side in the competition, and we know that if we play to our full potential Warrington will have their work cut-out trying to live with us.
“We know to be the best you’ve got to beat the best, and we all know how good Warrington are.”