Giants remain confident of halting march of the robots

Nathan Brown is confident his Super League title-chasing Huddersfield Giants have the arsenal to penetrate the almost robotic Wigan Warriors.

They face the champions at DW Stadium this evening acutely aware of Wigan’s steeliness as well as that organised style which makes them sometimes look like a machine.

Huddersfield lost 20-6 in the reverse fixture but tested their opponents for long periods and have the experience of having won at Wigan last year.

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“All the players within their squad seem to know the systems and know their roles within them very well,” said Giants coach Brown.

“Not only that but they do it consistently. To break them down takes a bit of work but we feel like we can get there with a bit of confidence.

“We weren’t a long way away in the game earlier this season but I’d say they were definitely a touch better on the evening.

“It was 14-6 with two or three minutes to go and we’d had a couple of chances where they defended really well.

“There were some things we would have liked to have done better on that evening and they deserved the win.

“But I think both sides showed that night that there isn’t a great deal between us.”

Wigan have billed it ‘The Big One 3’ after taking out a television advert for a third successive season to market one of their top encounters and a crowd of more than 20,000 is subsequently expected.

The champions will replace Huddersfield in second place if they succeed but Brown maintains his side can prove their own worth in the 80 minutes ahead.

“Wigan have got one or two different players from last year but the stuff they are doing is very similar,” he said.

“We know what’s coming and I’m sure they could be saying the same thing about us.

“The recent history between both clubs shows that results have varied. Even in victories for one side against the other I don’t think there has been too much in the score.

“The players from both sides will always be up for this type of fixture – we are placed in the top four and Wigan are the current champions so I’m sure both sides would be confident of doing very well.

“We managed to get a win in the same fixture last year which probably only really confirms our belief. “

Castleford Tigers, meanwhile, are in Perpignan this evening ready to tackle Catalan Dragons.

Teenage three-quarter Greg Eden, 19, is in line to make his Super League debut for his hometown club as Tigers bid to stretch their winning run against the French outfit to five games.

Another victory would enhance their own play-off ambitions, lifting them above their opponents into sixth spot.

Castleford reserve prop Clarke Thompson has joined Championship One side Gateshead Thunder on dual-registration.