Super wingers Jermaine McGillvary and Aaron Murphy turned on the style to destroy Warrington Wolves and send a clear message that a first Grand Final appearance is well within their reach.
McGillvary crossed for four tries, while Murphy added a hat trick as Huddersfield Giants moved back into third spot with two Super 8s games remaining.
The successful 2015 treble over former bogey team Warrington also confirmed the Giants their place in the semi-final play-offs.
And on the evidence of this showing, there’s no reason at all why coach Paul Anderson’s men won’t win at Hull on Friday night, at home to Leeds seven days later and then secure a semi-final success to reach the Super League Grand Final at Old Trafford on Saturday, October 10.
Everything went very much according to plan during the opening 40 minutes as the Giants opened up an 18-0 interval advantage.
The hosts didn’t have everything their own way, with full-back Scott Grix having to stay alert on a couple of occasions, McGillvary coming up with a top effort to deny Kevin Penny on the stroke of half-time and Danny Brough twice having to drop-out from under his own posts.
But there was no disputing the fact that Huddersfield deserved to be 18 points to the good.
McGillvary understandably took most of the plaudits with his two tries, but on another day he could have doubled his tally, with great Warrington defensive play required to stop him on two further occasions.
It was opposite winger Aaron Murphy, however, who was the first to make his mark after 10 minutes, finishing off in the corner after collecting Brough’s wonderful long, looping pass to dive over.
Brough added the first of three magnificent touchline conversions to end a bright Wolves start, and the Giants had finally made their intentions clear – with man-of-the-moment McGillvary playing the central role.
His first effort came after 26 minutes when the ball s whipped out superbly to the right for McGillvary to demonstrate amazing strength to shrug off three defenders to touch down in the corner.
Then, eight minutes later, Brough kept the ball alive on the sixth tackle and found Leroy Cudjoe, who immediately released his winger to cross for his 23rd try of the campaign.
At 18-0, the Giants had laid the perfect platform.
The McGillvary show continued at the start of the second half, with the in-form winger completing his hat trick within three minutes of the restart.
It was again a strong close-range effort, collecting another smart Cudjoe pass to run over the top of the unfortunate Chris Sandow and touch down, although this time Brough failed to add the extras.
If that was a well-worked try, the next three minutes later was even better as Brough’s perfectly-timed pass found the rampaging Joe Wardle to charge over at pace for another unconverted effort.
In no time at all, the lead was up to 26 points.
Warrington were given the chance to gain a little respite when Jake Connor was harshly sent to the sin-bin by referee James Child for holding down and Ben Westwood quickly followed up to open his side’s account in the 54th minute.
Another baffling Child decision helped Warrington reduce the gap further when Eorl Crabtree was penalised in possession and Stefan Ratchford took full advantage to set up Roy Asotasi to score.
Sandow’s conversion made it 26-10 with 20 minutes remaining.
Fortunately, normal service was resumed three minutes later when Grix came into the line and fed Murphy to show similar strength to McGillvary to cross in the corner under heavy traffic.
This time Jamie Ellis was unable to land the touchline conversion, but with the lead back up to 20, the nervous spell was over.
And that was confirmed just thee minutes later when Wardle and the recently-returned Connor combined to send Murphy in for his hat trick, with Ellis this time adding the extras.
Not to be outdone, McGillvary wasted little time nudging back ahead of his fellow winger in the day’s tryscoring stakes by charging over just two minutes later to finish off another move involving countless pairs of hands.
Ellis again converted and then further increased his points tally by latching onto Craig Huby’s offload to race clear and round Ratchford to touch down and then add the extra two.
It was a great way to finish a wonderful Super 8s showing.