Huddersfield Giants head coach Paul Anderson is expecting nothing less than a blood and thunder derby against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at Belle Vue on Sunday.
The Giants are aiming to break into Super League’s top four, while Anderson’s opposite number James Webster is hoping his Wildcats side can take enough points from their final five games to break into the top eight and reach the play-offs.
“There is a lot at stake in this game,” admitted Anderson.
“The results seemed to go for us in the last round in terms of the play-off positions, and among those games Wakefield beat Warrington.
“But was it a shock victory? I think probably not as everyone seems capable of beating anyone else at the moment. What is apparent is that Wakefield are in a rich vein of form at the moment.”
That 40-26 success against the Wolves at the Halliwell Jones Stadium has got the Wildcats bubbling and Anderson was well aware of what his side is up against.
“Their coach James Webster has got them playing with some confidence and they really appear to be enjoying themselves,” said Anderson.
The Giants themselves were buoyed by their 38-16 home win over Catalan Dragons in the last round and Anderson added: “We have got to turn up with the same vigour and endeavour that we showed against Catalan.”