Crabtree rules out any complacency at Giants

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HUDDERSFIELD Giants prop Eorl Crabtree says there will be no complacency in their ranks as they look to push on and secure a first ever League Leaders’ Shield of the summer era.

They were top heading into this round of fixtures and know if they win all five remaining games they will finish in pole position.

In theory, tomorrow’s visit of second-bottom Salford City Reds should be one of their more comfortable appointments during the title run-in.

However, having suffered a shock loss against them on Easter Monday, England international Crabtree fully realises what their opponents are capable of.

“Salford have definitely become a bit of a bogey side,” he said.

“We’ll be preparing as if it’s a Grand Final, because we know we’ll need to be at our best.

“No-one expected Salford to beat us at last year’s Magic Weekend, but they did, and no-one expected them to beat us at their place this Easter, but they did.

“All the warning signs are there and if we let our standards slip, like we did against Castleford, then Salford could beat us, it’s as simple as that.

“All our focus is on making sure that doesn’t happen.”

Huddersfield almost squandered a 36-4 lead at home to lowly Castleford a fortnight ago, eventually narrowly holding on 48-32 to maintain top spot.

Paul Anderson’s squad have been given some rigorous training since and Crabtree admitted: “With no game last weekend we have certainly been put through our paces.

“I think the Monday session was probably the toughest session I’ve done all year. It’s been a case of ripping into each other in the wrestling sessions.”

Anderson has made some changes with England Knights winger Jermaine McGillvary expected to return while Bradford Bulls-bound duo Luke George and Dale Ferguson are both omitted from the 19-man squad along with Anthony Mullally.

Young props Nathan Mason and Josh Johnson come into contention against Brian Noble’s depleted Salford side.