Nasty finger injury won’t stop Smith facing Leeds

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HUDDERSFIELD GIANTS forward Daniel Smith will play through the pain barrier in a bid to end his season on a high and get one over his former club.

Smith, pictured above, has been named in Giants’ initial 19-man squad for tonight’s visit of Leeds Rhinos despite snapping a tendon in a finger.

He insisted: “It’s not going to stop me from playing.

“It is always good to play against Leeds – they are a top-class team and I can’t wait for it.I just want to finish on a high, the last two weeks haven’t been good and hopefully we can put one over on them.”

Giants will finish eighth in the Betfred Super-8s, whatever happens in this evening’s final game.

“If we’d have started the season as we did the end then I think we’d have been right up there,” Smith said.

“A few results didn’t go our way and I reckon if they did we’d have pushed for a top-four spot. I don’t think it has been a bad season and we’ve come a long way since last year. All in all, it’s been a good year for the Giants.”

Huddersfield coach Rick Stone is looking for an improvement after back-to-back heavy defeats against Salford Red Devils and St Helens.

“We’re looking to get something positive,” he said.

“We let ourselves down in the last two weeks. Leeds might be the right tonic for us because everyone gets up for a game like this

“It’ll be a good challenge for us as we’ve been disappointed with how we’ve managed the past few games.”

Stone denied tonight is a meaningless fixture for Giants.

He added: “I think every game is a game worth playing for – every time we play Leeds there’s always a little extra involved.

“They play in a unique style and really challenge you defensively.”

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