Huddersfield Giants head coach Paul Anderson has promised there will be no Super 8s let-up from the Giants, whatever the result of tonight’s Castleford v St Helens clash.
A win for Saints would almost certainly guarantee Huddersfield a top-four finish with three Super 8s fixtures to spare.
That top-four finish and play-off semi-final spot would then be confirmed with a home win over Warrington Wolves on Sunday, with the Giants aiming to cement their place in the top three in the process.
But even though this week’s stakes are so high for Huddersfield and Warrington’s own bid to reach the semi-finals came to an end with the 28-0 home defeat to Wigan three weeks ago, Anderson is well aware of the potential threat the Wolves could pose.
“They’ll be a real danger, particularly after what they did to Hull at the weekend (winning 46-16 at home),” said Anderson.
“Now their chances of reaching the top four have gone, they’re throwing the ball around and looking to enjoy themselves.
“Our challenge is obviously to combat that threat, which is something we’ll do by making sure our attitude and respect is at the highest level.
“We have to approach it like a finals game, because there’s so much more riding on this game for us than there is for Warrington.
“The stakes really are massive for us and we can’t afford any let-up.”