There’s a lot at stake, admits Anderson

Huddersfield Giants head coach Paul Anderson.
Huddersfield Giants head coach Paul Anderson.
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EXPECTANT Huddersfield Giants head coach Paul Anderson has ordered his side to repeat their latest performance or risk becoming resurgent Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ latest victims.

His squad make the short journey across West Yorkshire tomorrow to face opponents that have lost just once in seven games since being taken over by James Webster.

Struggling Wakefield were 12th when he took charge but now harbour hopes of making the play-offs and clearly pose a threat to Huddersfield’s own top-four chances.

“There’s a lot at stake isn’t there?” admitted Anderson, whose side rediscovered some of their own best with Sunday’s convincing 38-16 win over Catalan Dragons.

“The results went for us last week by Wakefield winning (40-26) at Warrington, and they’re in a rich vein of form.

“They’re playing with confidence and appear to be enjoying themselves.

“It seems as though James Webster is enjoying coaching and they’ve got a good spirit.

“We know we’ve got to turn up with the same vigour and endeavour as against Catalan.

“If we do the things we did against Catalan, we know we’re a match for anybody.

“That was probably our most complete performance for a long time against a very physical and tough team.

“It’s pleasing to see, and it’s built some confidence up off the back of it.

“But it doesn’t matter who you are; a team that gets any sort of confidence is a very dangerous beast.

“Wakefield have got some good players there and bringing Tim Smith back (on loan from Salford) has probably helped them.

“They’re playing for each other which is the key.”

Ex-England hooker Shaun Lunt makes a welcome return in the only change for Giants.

He has not played since May 29 due to injury but comes in for in-form Kyle Wood (knee) who is out for the season.