PAUL ANDERSON has warned his players that if they take injury-hit Leeds Rhinos for granted their days at the Huddersfield Giants could be numbered.
Second-placed Huddersfield head into Sunday’s home Super League XVIII clash against the reigning champions as red-hot favourites to secure a 14th top-flight triumph of the season.
That’s based on the fact the Giants are almost at full strength – Jason Chan (bicep) and Stuart Fielden (knee) are the only key absentees – and Leeds have eight first-choice players missing through injury or suspension (see inside).
“To be honest, I couldn’t care less about what’s happening at Leeds, and neither should the players,” said Anderson.
“We’ve got to prepare as well as we possibly can, regardless of who we have in front of us.
“Leeds are a good club with good systems in place, and we expect them to provide us with a big challenge.
“We’re taking no notice whatsoever of who is or isn’t playing for them .
“They obviously have players missing, but if anyone in our squad thinks that means they can take Leeds nice and lightly, then they won’t be at the Giants for much longer. It really is as simple as that.”