WIGAN coach Shaun Wane feels the Giants will continue to have a big say in the race for the Super League title.
The Warriors moved two points clear of Huddersfield at the top of table with Friday’s 32-12 Galpharm triumph.
It also meant the Giants suffered successive Super League XVII defeats for the first time this season.
But Wane remains a big fan of the Giants’ style of play and knows they can’t afford to be written off at this stage.
“I was really happy with the win,” said Wane, who are now unbeaten in their last nine League and Cup contests.
“Huddersfield are going to be right up there at the end of the season and, even though we did well to beat them the other day, we know they’ll continue to have a big say in the race for the title. That’s why no-one is getting carried away with this result.
“But there’s no doubt it’s a win that will do everyone here a lot of good.
“To score seven tries against a team like Huddersfield is no mean feat, because they are so well-structured defensively.
“I’m a big admirer of Nathan Brown and the way he coaches his side and lets his players play, and as well as needing to attack well against them you knows you’re also going to need to defend very well.
“They have some great attacking players and they asked a lot of questions of us, which is what we always expected.
“When we went through their main threats in the build-up to the game, we found ourselves having to look at every one of their players!
“That tells you a lot about Huddersfield and how good they are.
“They chance their arm, they kick on the second play and you just don’t know what to expect next from them. That’s the sort of side I like – and respect.
“As I said, we might have gained a tremendous win on this occasion, but I know we’ll hear a lot more about Huddersfield between now and the end of this season.
“Any side with the likes of Kevin Brown, Danny Brough and Eorl Crabtree in their line-up can never be written off.”
After beating the Giants, Wane’s Wigan now turn their attention to Sunday’s derby clash against St Helens as part of Magic Weekend at Manchester.
The Warriors will be favourites to triumph, despite Saints’ 31-18 win at Leeds Rhinos on Monday night.
Half-backs Jonny Lomax and Lance Hohaia answered their critics in style by orchestrating the victory.
And caretaker coach Mike Rush is hoping they can carry on from where they left off at Headingley.
“I thought Jonny and Lance were very good for us,” Rush said.
“Everybody is quick to write them off when we lose a game. We’ve won eight from 10 with this pairing and they’re still getting to know each other. The longer the season goes on, the stronger they’ll get.”