Paul Anderson will send his Huddersfield Giants to Wigan on Thursday confident of securing victory and seeing them move to within one game of a first Super League Grand Final appearance.
Huddersfield’s thrilling 17-16 home victory over newly-crowned minor champions St Helens and Castleford Tigers’ defeat at Catalan Dragons meant coach Anderson’s men finished the regular season third in the table.
That has earned them their trip to face the second-placed Warriors, with the winners of the qualifying play-off fixture rewarded with a weekend off before their involvement in the qualifying semi-finals.
And with a virtually fully-fit squad expected to be at his disposal, Anderson knows his players can repeat their heroics of the opening day of the season when they won 24-8 at the DW Stadium.
“We’re looking forward to the challenge and know we’re more than capable of getting the job done,” said Anderson, who is ready to welcome back key injured trio Danny Brough, Eorl Crabtree and Scott Grix and confirmed Luke Robinson will be fit to play after suffering a heavy head knock in the win over St Helens.
“Everyone took a hell of a lot out of the way we went against St Helens the other night, because it showed how much we can achieve if we’re prepared to work,” said Anderson.