Pack star Eorl Crabtree says Huddersfield Giants have to focus on facing more big challenges this season.
The Giants play host to Wakefield Trinity in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals tomorrow night and then look set to have to battle for Super League survival in the Middle 8s.
“Next up we have the Challenge Cup which is a huge match for both teams,” said the 33-year-old former England international.
“It is massive because we can reach the semi-finals and have a great chance of reaching Wembley.
“Then after that we are probably going to be facing the middle 8s, which in itself is going to be a massive challenge.”
And Crabtree was quick to rule out any perceptions among fans that playing in the Middle 8s would almost signal the end of the season.
“Some people seem to think that the season is over by missing the top eight – it is anything but,” said Crabtree.
“This club needs to be in Super League but all the other clubs involved in the Middle 8s will want that too and they are all very good teams.
“Everyone starts from scratch, so the pressure is on straight away and it is certainly going to be a big challenge.
“It is not where we want to be, but that is the challenge that we face and the challenge we have to meet.”
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