HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS coach Paul Anderson isn’t reading anything into Leeds Rhinos’ poor run ahead of tonight’s crucial clash at John Smith’s Stadium.
Rhinos will be league leaders if they win, but are on a run of three straight defeats.
A Giants victory – their 17th in 20 games – would secure a home semi-final next week. And they could finish top depending on Wigan Warriors’ result at home to Castleford Tigers. Huddersfield are the in-form side, but Anderson insisted he is more concerned about his own team’s performance than what Leeds throw at them tonight.
“There’s a lot at stake, but it will be a high intensity game and good practice for a really big occasion next week,” he said. “We are in good form and we have got some momentum and confidence. The players are full of energy and they are ready to go, but we have got to make sure we do the right things.
“There’s a lot of confidence in the group, but we’ve got to focus on ourselves.”
England back-rower Brett Ferres has been included in Giants’ squad for tonight after recovering from a biceps injury.
The former Wakefield Wildcats and Castleford Tigers man reckons Rhinos will be desperate to get back to winning ways and he warned: “That makes them more dangerous now. They’ve been out in front for most of the year, only to start falling away at the back end, but they’ve come up against some tough challenges recently, like a Castleford side last week who went out and enjoyed themselves with no pressure.
“Leeds are full of class players though and we know how tough this match will be.”