Confident Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson has thrown the gauntlet down to Warrington Wolves ahead of Thursday's Qualifying Semi-Final at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
Even though Huddersfield collected the Leaders’ Shield last month , the Wolves are the favourites to win the contest and reach a second successive Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford next Saturday (October 5).
Recent history would back up that prediction, with Warrington having won the last eight League and Cup encounters between the two clubs, including a hat trick of triumphs in 2013.
But with Anderson picking the same 19-man squad that destroyed Hull 76-18 at the John Smith’s Stadium in last Thursday’s elimination play-off, the Giants chief is confident his players are primed to turn the tables.
“We have the ultimate respect for Warrington,” said Smith.“They’re a very, very good side, as they’ve shown consistently over a number of years now.
“They’ve also beaten us a few times, which is why so many are expecting them to beat us again.
“One of the questions we’re being asked, is can we live with them?
“But I think it’s a case of can they live with us?
“That’s what I think people should be asking, because we know we’re going to be heading there with a great deal of confidence.”