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Huddersfield Giants are ready to fulfil their promise in Super League

Stevo Posted 15th August 2013 view comments

With three games of the regular season to go, Huddersfield have a great opportunity to win their first piece of silverware in more than 50 years by claiming the League Leaders' Shield.

From there I think they will not only get to the Super League Grand Final but that they have a damn good chance of winning it.

I am pretty confident that they can sustain their current form, and I'm sure the players are and I know the coach is. All they have to do is win three games.

Huddersfield: big defence

Huddersfield: big defence

It won't be simple and they will probably have to dig deep, but if you were a gambling man you would say that their last three fixtures are far easier than Warrington's.

One of their biggest obstacles was to overcome Wigan last week. They were very nervous in the opening 15-20 minutes, but once that confidence started to filter through, they took Wigan apart.

When you have people who can orchestrate the attack with the likes of Luke Robinson and Danny Brough then you are talking about a pretty solid team.

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They had a lot to prove against Wigan and they showed they can handle the pressure.

Transformation

It has been a bit of a struggle for Huddersfield over the past two seasons.

Under Nathan Brown, who left them to go to St Helens, they always seemed to have a dip and lose form towards the end of the season - but that has not happened under Paul Anderson.

In 2011, Brown was umming and erring about whether he wanted to go back to Australia. That certainly didn't help.

And then it became even worse in 2012, when midway through the season not only did Brown confirm that he would be going to St Helens it was also confirmed that captain Kevin Brown was going to Widnes. That can disturb any side in any sport.

The security of knowing the coach is going nowhere and Anderson's attitude to his style of coaching, has certainly given Huddersfield that momentum to keep going.

He is a straight shooter, doesn't mess around and knows how to win games and what tactics to utilise. In many ways a lot of people would call him an old-fashioned coach.

Best halfbacks

They dig deep in defence, the forwards play it tough, without much finesse, and the three-quarter line is very good.

And when you have people who can orchestrate the attack with the likes of Luke Robinson and Danny Brough - who are one of the best halfback combinations in Super League - then you are talking about a pretty solid team.

It is no fluke that they are now at the top of the table - although it will change briefly because I am confident Warrington will overtake them, albeit for only 24 hours, with victory over Widnes on Thursday night.

Make no mistake how massive winning the League Leaders' Shield would be for the Giants.

For the likes of St Helens, Wigan and Warrington, who have experienced it before, perhaps the players and the coach will think that it really does not matter if you finish first or second. Either way you play your first play-off game at home.

But for Huddersfield it is an opportunity to win their first silverware in 50 years. It is a great incentive - not only for the players, but also for the fans.

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Peter Halls says...

From a Wakefield supporters point of view. Please will the pundits look at the number of Huddersfield players who have come via Wakefield. Huddersfield will happily plunder Wakefield - even more so when we have been down and nearly out. Other clubs such as Leeds and Warrington always offer a helping hand.

Posted 15:20 9th September 2013

Peter Halls says...

On a recent back chat I was alarmed at the naïve comments made by some. How can anyone with a business brain compare Huddersfield (congratulations) and Wakefield? For example re Huddersfield: The Council and football club funded 80% of the stadia Ken Davy has spent a small fortune on the club Half the team have been taken from/poached from Wakefield etc etc. I agree that Wakefield have been mismanaged - but can we have a fair comparisons please!

Posted 15:14 9th September 2013

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