DETERMINED Giants coach Jon Sharp is hoping being able to pick from a full-strength squad for the first time will make all the difference in the world.
His Huddersfield side take on Warrington Wolves at the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday (3.00) when a win could take them back into Super League’s top six.
That would also be dependent on Wakefield losing at Salford tonight.
But Sharp knows a quality performance this weekend is vital if they are to fulfil their dream of reaching the play-offs for the first time.
“Our usual policy is not to worry about the League ladder and where we’re standing on it,’’ said Sharp, right.
“But at this stage of the season (with nine games remaining), we know with a win we would be able to say with some confidence that a top-four finish can be achieved.
“However, we also know defeat would make us a little more vulnerable and for the players to be dragged into a relegation debate.
“No-one wants that.
“And the good thing about it is that we can do something about it, and that’s what we intend to do.
“We readily acknowledge that over the last four weeks our form has been hit and miss.
“I’ve always been very keen for us to be a consistent side, so I am obviously bitterly disappointed with the recent performances.
“So we know how important this game against Warrington is to get ourselves back on track, performance-wise.
“The players who play this weekend know what’s required to make sure we re-discover the form that brought us those nine wins on the trot not that long ago.
“That showed just what this side is capable of achieving, and it’s about time they started to achieve it again.
“But they also know that with a fully-fit squad we now have genuine competition for places once again, and that everyone has to play to the best of their ability to hold on to their places in the games that follow.
“That’s why this match against Warrington is important for a lot of reasons.’’
Sharp’s side are looking to complete the double over the Wolves, having won 26-18 at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium on Easter Monday.
And he knows his side is in for a very tough test.
“Warrington have been fiddling for a bit of form because of their injury situation,’’ added the Galpharm chief.
“But they’re getting their players back now and will have up to nine internationals on the field this weekend.
“They’ve got the likes of experienced internationals Adrian Morley and Paul Rauhihi in the front row, and one of the most dangerous half-backs in the game on his day in Lee Briers.
“Anyone who takes Warrington for granted is asking for trouble. We don’t want to fall into that trap.’’