Paul Anderson is confident the Giants can see off the challenge of in-form Catalan Dragons on Friday night – as long as his players can respond to a few home truths.
Huddersfield will host the French side after their shock 24-20 triumph at Leeds Rhinos on Saturday.
That came just two days after the Giants’ 57-4 capitulation at Wigan Warriors, with the winner of Friday’s preliminary semi-final travelling to either Wigan or St Helens for the right to secure a place in the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday, October 11.
The Giants have a good record at home to the Dragons, with Anderson’s men having cruised to a 36-18 win over Catalan two months ago.
But with the Dragons one of the form teams in the competition, the Giants chief knows his players will need to turn around their own form as rapidly as possible to avoid their season coming to an end on Friday.
“We will have a brief look at Catalan tomorrow,” said Anderson.
“But after the events of Wigan last Thursday, it will be brief because of the work we need to do ourselves.
“The players know exactly what I thought about last week. There was no intent at all in what we did, and in rugby league you just can’t do that.
“Our game is simple. It’s a game played by tough people who get their rewards by running hard and tackling hard. We did none of that at Wigan.
“So I’ve challenged the players to go out against Catalan with plenty of intent and show me they do still possesses the qualities to win a game.”