HUDDERSFIELD head coach Nathan Brown is backing the men who got the Huddersfield Giants to the last four to book a place at Wembley.
The Giants face Warrington Wolves in their Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final aiming to return to the north London stadium for the first time since 2009 – when they were beaten in the final by tomorrow’s opponents (5.30).
The sides go into the game in contrasting form with Wolves coach Tony Smith, the former Giants Supremo, having seen his side beat Catalan Dragons 15-6 on Monday while Brown’s Giants and still smarting from a 52-6 reversal at Castleford Tigers – their seventh Super League defeat in eight outings.
However, Brown said: “We know we have a good group of players and we have got a good style of play. This is still the team that was at the top of the Super League table for the first half of the season and they are the ones who put us here in this Challenge Cup semi-final.
“So from that point of view I don’t feel that there is too much that we will need to change.”
Brown has selected his squad without experienced Australian forward Luke O’Donnell, out with an unspecified injury after he played at Cas, but otherwise there’s a clean bill of health, with top try scorer Luke George having been given the all-clear after suffering a concussion last time out.
“It would be a big turnaround in a week to win, but let’s face it that is not uncommon in sport,” said Brown, whose side will wear their traditional claret and gold kit.
“At the end of the day it comes down to what is under your shirt and if, as a player, you want to put in the effort and show the desire. If you do, you will compete as hard as you can and find what you need to achieve your goals.
“As a group of players and a club we have to do that this weekend and go out and give it our best.”
Warrington have leading scorer Lee Briers and Aussie forward Trent Waterhouse fit.
Briers missed the win over the Dragons with an Achilles niggle, while Waterhouse suffered a head injury in that game.