THE Giants have put themselves in the box seat to earn a place in Super League’s play-offs for the first time.
Their 34-22 win at Warrington took them above the Wolves into fifth place with a haul of 25 points – their best ever return in Super League.
However, coach Jon Sharp is not about to let his team take their foot off the gas and will be wanting wins from their remaining two league fixtures at home to play-off rivals Wakefield a week tomorrow and then away to Hull KR a week later.
“We are in the top six on merit at the moment, but we are not there for certain,” he said.
“There are a lot of good teams around us and there is a lot of pressure on all those clubs.
“Each one of those coaches has been stressing this week that their side must win their next three games, now for us it is two games and we have to win those to be sure of a play-off place.”
Sharp was justifiably delighted with the manner in which his players went about scoring victory over play-off rivals Warrington.
“I am very proud of my players because this team is now on 25 points which is the best a Huddersfield side has ever recorded in Super League,” he said.
“It was a very important game for both sides and possibly this result has decided things in terms of the play-offs, but we have to ensure we get there.
“But I was really pleased with the patience we showed.
“Warrington set off aggressively, but we were dogged and hung in there. We weathered the storm, silenced their crowd and then built some pressure and took our chances to strike.”
Wolves boss Paul Cullen was disappointed and could face selection problems for their final two games with Paul Wood suffering a serious shoulder injury and forwards Adrian Morley and Paul Rauhihi being put on report.
“We got what we deserved,” he admitted. “Our discipline was not good enough and we surrendered a lot of field position.
“I felt we squandered our chance of two points because Huddersfield dominated territorially and we encouraged them to come at us by giving away penalties. Too much of the game was played at the wrong end of the field.”
Wigan improved their chances of a play-off slot as they beat Salford 40-16 at the JJB Stadium, a defeat that leaves the Reds on the cusp of relegation. At the top St Helens went two points clear after a 32-10 win over Harlequins at Knowsley Road.