HUDDERSFIELD Giants are ignoring the forecast and continuing to prepare to host Widnes Vikings on Sunday.
Heavy snow is expected across the weekend as the current icy blast begins to take its toll on the sporting calendar.
Although Giants chief Paul Anderson admits he is looking at contingency plans, he remains confident the John Smith’s Stadium’s undersoil heating will ensure his side’s final warm-up game before the start of Super League XVIII doesn’t become a victim of the weather.
And he’d be delighted if that was the case.
“Everything we’re doing now is geared towards playing on Sunday, not that anyone would expect anything else,” said Anderson.
“We’ve obviously got one eye on the weather and we do need to have something up our sleeve just in case. We would look at playing early next week if Sunday isn’t possible.
“The game against Widnes is our chance to get some combinations working and let some of our big guns get some valuable time under our belt.
“This is our final game before we head to St Helens for our League opener in a couple of weeks (Saturday, February 2), so it’s a vital part of our preparation.
“It’s our intention to field our strongest available side, and I know how much the boys are looking forward to getting out there this weekend.
“Let’s hope that’s the case.”
Among those pencilled in to play is new signing and former Great Britain prop Stuart Fielden.