WARRINGTON hard man Adrian Morley has paid tribute to the Giants and knows only his side’s very best will be good enough to secure a Super League XV victory at the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday (3.00).
One of the 32-year-old prop’s first memories of playing against Huddersfield was for Leeds on July 16, 1999 when the Rhinos inflicted a club record 86-6 Super League defeat on the Giants.
Since then, Huddersfield have gone on to become a major top-flight force, with England prop Morley having total respect for what his opponents have achieved since that dark day at Headingley almost 11 years ago.
And he knows that if the Wolves play anything less than 100% this weekend, the Giants will secure revenge for their 25-16 Carnegie Challenge Cup final defeat at the hands of Warrington at Wembley Stadium last August.
“Huddersfield are now one of the most respected sides in the competition, and we know it’s going to be a very tough game for us on Sunday,” said Morley.
“They had a fantastic season last year, finishing a lot higher than us in Super League (third as opposed to 10th) and then obviously playing us in the Challenge Cup final at Wembley.
“I know how disappointed they were to lose to us that day, and I wouldn’t blame them if they used that as an extra form of motivation against us this weekend.
“I’ve played in finals in the past and been on the losing side, so I know it’s not a nice place to be and how getting a victory over the team that’s beaten you always gives you a good feeling.
“But, at the same time, we all know playing against Huddersfield is tough full stop, whatever the circumstances.
“They’ve now got one of the most respected packs in the competition, and with the likes of Eorl (Crabtree) around you know you can’t afford to relax for one minute. You know when you’ve played against them you’ve been in a game and, with the form they’re in, Sunday’s going to be no different.”
The Giants’ Under 20s’ opening League game of the season against Warrington Wolves at Huddersfield YMCA last night was postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.
It will now take place at Warrington’s Wilderspool Stadium tomorrow (2pm).