Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson will head to Warrington for tomorrow lunchtime’s ClubCall admitting he ‘couldn’t care less’ who his side play in next week’s Qualifying Semi-Finals.
Super League XVIII minor champions Huddersfield face an away trip to either Warrington Wolves on Thursday or Wigan Warriors 24 hours later, when victory would earn the Giants a first Super League Grand Final appearance at Old Trafford.
Who they play depends on who the Wolves pick as their last-four opponents.
Yet while Anderson has made it clear he has no preference over whether it’s Warrington or Wigan, he has voiced his concern over the fact his side has had to wait three days before they can start preparing for their biggest game of the season.
“I couldn’t care less who we’re playing, I’d just like to know now who it is so that we can plan and get things going,” said Anderson.
“I think having to wait until Sunday is crackers. You know you’re playing Thursday or Friday, but are you training Sunday or are you training Monday, and when do the players have their day of rest?
“When do I start looking at Wigan or Warrington, watching them for tips and things like that?
“We can’t change it, I’m just glad I can moan about it.”
But one thing that wasn’t affected by the ClubCall delay was yesterday’s player rehab session when knocks taken during the Hull clash were assessed.
Full-back Scott Grix left the field with a slight groin strain, while Ukuma Ta’ai rolled his left ankle and had to leave the stadium wearing a protective boot.
Anderson, however, is confident both men will be available for next week.
“Grixy had a groin problem in the second half, so we took him straight off,” revealed the Giants chief, pictured right.
“That means he’ll be ok for next week.
“And Ukuma should also be fit to play after rolling an ankle, although it was obvious to everyone it was a painful one. All the weight from the tackler went on his ankle, and I now hope the disciplinary people will take a look at the way the tackle was executed.
“I don’t want anyone to be banned over it, it’s just I thought the technique used wasn’t great.”