RYAN HINCHCLIFFE expects the Giants’ growing self-belief to be the key to Ladbrokes Challenge Cup success over Leeds Rhinos in tomorrow’s John Smith’s Stadium clash.

Huddersfield warmed up for the sixth-round derby duel with last Friday’s 28-20 home Super League XXI triumph over the same opponents.

That win helped the Giants move above reigning champions Leeds at the foot of the top-flight table, as well as give them a psychological advantage ahead of tomorrow’s re-match (8.00).

And Huddersfield skipper Hinchcliffe is desperate to see a League repeat in the Cup and help his side secure a place in Sunday’s quarter-final draw.

“We’ve just beaten Leeds in the League, and we now expect to beat them in the Cup,” said the ex-Melbourne Storm star.

“With the way things have been going over the last few games (two wins out of the last three), we definitely feel as if we’re heading in the right direction. We’re starting to be a lot more consistent in what we do.

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“As a result, our self-belief and attitude is improving all the time, and that could take us a very long way.

“We’re also a pretty desperate side at the moment, and that’s another quality that’s been getting us through these tough times.

“We need to keep that desperation going, because that and our growing self-belief will be massive for us.”

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