Hull’s 20-10 victory over Bradford Bulls last night means there’s no way coach Jon Sharp’s side can finish above the Airlie Birds in the Super League ladder.
However, the Giants could still slip to sixth should they be defeated by Hull KR at Craven Park tonight – which would mean a trip to Bradford Bulls.
Wigan’s 20-12 victory over St Helens last night sees Huddersfield remain in fifth place level on 27 points with the Warriors, but their superiority in points difference is just two, so there can be no slip up at Hull KR in tonight’s Sky TV clash (7.00).
But even though Sharp now knows what is required of his side to finish in fifth place, he doesn’t want that to be a major distraction tonight.
“We now know exactly where we stand, but that obviously doesn’t affect us in the least for our game at Hull KR tonight,” said Sharp.
“Our emphasis all this week has been to focus fully on Hull KR, because that’s the only thing we can control.
“We’ve known all along that where we finish in the top six will be determined by other results besides our own.
“But there was no point worrying about what was going on elsewhere, because there was nothing we could do about that. The results were totally out of our hands.
“All we can do is make sure we do everything within our power to beat Hull KR tonight, which we know won’t be easy.
“Wherever we finish in the League table, we know we are going to face some very tough games in the play-offs.
“So we have to make sure we are prepared as we possibly can for the games that lie ahead, and that process starts tonight against Hull KR.”
Warrington missed the play-off places by one point after they defeated relegated Salford 34-26 at The Willows and Leeds confirmed second place in the final table with a 46-4 humbling of Wakefield.