HUDDERSFIELD Giants were today celebrating their record Super League score with a 54-12 triumph over relegated Halifax to put their play-offs bid back on track.
After losing at Bradford and then being held by Widnes in their previous games, the McAlpine men chalked up a ninth win of the campaign to keep alive their dreams of clinching a place in the coveted top six.
But while the victory helped overtake the Giants' previous best Super League points tally of 52 against Warrington in 2001, it also condemned Halifax who now drop out of Super League.
That, however, was of little concern to Giants coach Tony Smith, who was able to prepare for the crucial games ahead well before the final hooter at The Shay.
"There were players out there who were a bit busted," he said.
"But having built up a healthy lead early on, I was in a position to give some of them a rest.
"Those obviously included Brandon Costin and Steve McNamara who were both making their returns after injury.
"They could have played for longer, but I felt the extra rest would be of far more benefit.
"Like every other team in the competition, injuries are a big issue right now, but hopefully it won't be too bad for us.
"I'm hoping last night will have helped.
"I'm keeping my fingers crossed that everyone will be fit and well for the Wakefield home game next Sunday."
The Giants, meanwhile, are believed to be closing in on Rochdale Hornets' highly-rated second-row forward Paul Smith.
The 26-year-old was on the verge of joining St Helens last season before the deal fell through, while London Broncos are also keen to land him.