Giants set sights on Grand Final glory
Huddersfield prop Eorl Crabtree believes Thursday’s Super League play-off semi-final against Warrington Wolves is the perfect opportunity to show how good the Giants really are.
The 2013 Super League leaders travel to The Halliwell Jones Stadium having been ClubCalled by Warrington, who became the first side to choose the competition’s highest ranked team as opponents in the semi-finals.
Crabtree, however, believes that being the ClubCalled side means that all the pressure will be on their hosts, who have already beaten the Giants three times in 2013.
“There’s less pressure on us going into the game because everybody seems to have written us off,” said Crabtree. “We have beaten pretty much everyone this season, apart from Warrington.
“But in each game against them, it’s not been a case of them being better than us, it is us who have made the mistakes.
“We know that if we go there and play the way we can play, then we stand a good chance of winning the game.
“This game is a massive opportunity to show that we can play on the big stage, in the big games.”
Huddersfield head into the qualifying semi-final on the back of an impressive 76-18 victory against Hull FC at The John Smith’s Stadium last Thursday and although they were not tested that night, Crabtree feels the Giants are well-placed to progress to a first ever Grand Final.
“Winning the League Leaders’ Shield was the perfect preparation for the play-offs,” he said. “We have been consistent all season and it has helped that we have had very few injuries.
“It was nice to pick up some silverware, it has given the lads a taste for it and we all enjoyed it. We have definitely got the momentum, although the game against Hull FC wasn’t at all what we expected.
“We did expect it to be much tougher and we didn’t play especially well, but it was nice to go and score a lot of points.
“It’s very close to the game now already and we are all just really excited for it. We just want to get out there and put the record straight.”
Tickets for the Warrington Wolves v Huddersfield Giants Super League play-off semi-final at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on Thursday September 26 (8.00pm) cost from just £19.50 for adults and £13.50 for concessions and juniors. To purchase, visit shop.warringtonwolves.org/ or call the club on 0871 622 1879.
Tickets for the 2013 Super League Grand Final cost from just £20. Family tickets giving entry to two adults and two children are also available for £70 and can be purchased by visiting www.rugbyleaguetickets.co.uk or calling 0844 856 1113.
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