PAUL ANDERSON is expecting the Giants to hold nothing back in their bid to beat Leeds Rhinos at home tonight and secure a place in the quarter-final of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup.
Second-bottom Huddersfield may be facing a major scrap to avoid being involved in the Middle 8s at the end of the regular Super League XXI season.
But even though the injury-hit Giants are bracing themselves for the most physical of challenges to haul themselves back into the Super 8s mix, Anderson isn’t regarding this season’s Cup campaign as a potential distraction.
Instead, he believes a good Cup run could ignite the Giants’ mis-firing League assault and still make 2016 a season to savour.
“Whatever’s gone on in the League so far, the Challenge Cup is something we’re placing a lot of emphasis on,” said Anderson, who is keeping changes to the side that beat Leeds 28-20 at home in Super League last Friday to a minimum,
“We want to go as far as we possibly can in the competition, and we’ve got to make sure we make our home advantage count.
“As current holders, we know how desperate Leeds will be to keep hold of the trophy. You can certainly forget about the fact they’re bottom when it comes to a one-off Cup-tie like this.
“But even though we’re second bottom and they’ll probably fancy their chances, I know we’ll send 17 blokes out there tonight who’ll work as hard as they can for each other and have the ability to get us into the last eight.
“We know we’re capable of beating anyone on our day and there have been signs over the past couple of weeks that we’re finally starting to get our act together.
“That would be reinforced with another win over Leeds tonight.”