HUDDERSFIELD Giants prop Craig Huby admits his side have been warned about depleted Hull FC’s latent threat.
They head to the KC Stadium tonight in their penultimate Super 8s fixture looking for the points that could keep alive hopes of a top-two finish – and a home semi-final.
Hull, of course, are marooned in eighth and have long since missed the chance to challenge for Old Trafford.
However, having almost won at Wigan Warriors a week ago when missing a dozen first-teamers, prop Huby knows all about the danger posed by the hosts.
“You’ve only got to look at Hull’s performance at Wigan – a very tough place to go – to see what they can do,” said the 29-year-old.
“They nearly came away with two points despite missing so many players and we’re expecting a tough game.
“We’re ready to battle them up front where Hull do have some real strength.
“We can still get higher and just have to keep building this momentum.
“It’d be good to have a home semi-final but, wherever we play, we’ll be confident.
“We’re just starting to get a few combinations together and we’re moving forward.
“If we can do that and play to the best of our ability, keep defending as we have, we should be in with a great shot.”
Third-placed Huddersfield are three points behind second-placed Wigan with just two games to go so their chances of usurping Shaun Wane’s side are slim.
However, Giants are seeking a fifth successive win and seem to be firing at just the right time to reach a maiden Grand Final.
They will do so without Eorl Crabtree tonight, the former England prop who is rested and loses his ever-present record this season. Huby, who joined from Castleford Tigers last autumn, said: “It will be strange without Eorl.
“We’ve started the last 10 games or so together and have got a bit of a decent partnership going on.
“But I’ll be going in with Daniel Smith on Friday and hopefully we can carry things on, too.
“Young Nathan Mason’s on the bench. He’s been there once or twice before, done well and been unfortunate to drop out so hopefully he can come in, do the same at Hull and keep improving.”